The Director of the Liberia Drug Enformcement Agency (LDEA), Marcus Zehyou has reiterated call that will prevail on the government to review the national drug law and provide adequate budget in order to totally make Liberia free from drugs.
Zehyou said one the greatest challenges the LDEA continues to face in fighting drugs is the portion of the law that allows suspected users to be released on bail when charged to court.
The LDEA Director indicated that the entity has major plan of actions, including make drug use and sale a non bailable offense, which will provide a positive result in fighting drugs and making the society free from dangerous substances.
He said measures indicated in the action plan include the confiscation of properties such as real estate and cash with other items as well as drug testing program as requirement for enrolment in public schools across the country and harsh punishment for persons involved in drug possession, usage, supplying and trafficking.
Zehyoun called on the government and international partners to support the LDEA in building its logistical and human resource capacity as there is a very low budget support and inadequate manpower to enable the group align with emerging realities of transnational organized crimes and drug trafficking in Liberia particularly.
Reporting the LDEA 2020 statistics, he said only 25 out of 137 suspects arrested were convicted and serving jail sentence across the country. He added that 116 were males and 21 females while 12 among the total suspects are foreign nationals and the remaining 125 are Liberians.
Meanwhile, the Director of the LDEA has confirmed the dismissal of several senior officers including the former Chief of Operations, Darius A. Davis, the former King Gray commander Momo Zinnah, the former Gardnersville commander Raymonson Tiah, Mathew Mitchelle, the former Bomi County commander Kula Dennis along with her deputy Ernest V. Sayeh in keeping with the code of conduct in line with zero tolerance approach.
The LDEA has however confirmed the information about some parcels of cocaine floating on the coast along the southeastern belt in Liberia, and said the ship was spotted along the neighboring Ivory Coast water, while escaping arrest with some of the substances discharged on the ocean, thus floating over the Liberian territorial coast mainly in Maryland County.