By Esau J. Farr
Report from Grand Cape Mount County says a 25-year-old Nigerian has been arrested for alleged possession of narcotic substances.
The 25 years old man is identified as Joe Arke. According to police in Robertsport, the man was picked up in the Kru Town Community after a tip-off.
Mr. Arke is reported to have been arrested with Marijuana and other harmful substances with a street value put at LRD64,000.00.
The issue of people illegally possessing illegal drugs has and continues to be a challenge for security personnel and the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA).
Many blames it on the poor nature of Liberia’s borders especially during the dry season of the country while others blame it on ‘weak drug laws.
Despite efforts by LDEA officers and other security officers to help combat the issue of drug trade in Liberia, there continues to be arrests being made across the country while sometimes security officers themselves are found providing security for people illegally bringing the substances into the country.
It can be recalled that in 2013, the former driver of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s Presidential Escort, Perry Dolo was arrested with huge quantity of Marijuana and other dangerous substances within the Presidential Escort at the Clay Checkpoint in Bomi County.
Mr. Dolo was reported to have helped transport the drugs in the Presidential Escort that was deemed untouchable for a Sierra Leonean from the Sierra Leonean Boe-Waterside in Grand Cape Mount County.
But his trick soon came to an end after a security coordination that saw him lost his job and changed his sleeping place as he was placed behind the rusty iron bars at the Monrovia Central Prison.
The issue of drugs indeed needs a holistic approach, but can only be successful if those claiming to be fighting against drugs are not themselves traders or users of the substances deemed dangerous evidenced by drugs being found in prison cells across Liberia according to Police reports.