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DEA vows to halt rampant drug cultivation

Moses Garzeawu/Joseph T. Koon

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Jan. 9, 2015)-Authorities of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) says modalities are being worked out by the agency to halt the cultivation of harmful drugs throughout the Country.

DEA Director, Col. Anthony Soah, disclosed that unhindered rampant cultivation of harmful drugs is taking place in the fifteen counties of Liberia.

He described the situation as alarming, saying: “The DEA will ensure that such practice is halted to make Liberia a drug-free society in keeping with its statutory mandate.”

 “In 2014, 85 drug- related arrests were made with two convicted, including a foreign national with one of the cases on appeal,” Col. Soah said.

The DEA Director expressed frustrations over alleged drug traffickers of walking out free after arrest because of the weak Drug Law of the Country.

He said:” The DEA has greatly achieved in the implementation of the Drug Demand Reduction Policy as a driving force to address the rehabilitation of drug addicts in the country.”

Col. Soah spoke Wednesday, January 7, 2015 when he appeared on the interactive ELBC Super Morning Show.

Also speaking, United Nations Office on Drug and Crime Officer- In-Charge (UNODC), Yilaa Wloti Se, commended the DEA for the excellent performance over the years.

Mr. Wloti Se said: “UNODC has been supportive of DEA’s operations by providing training for drug addicts, particularly as it relates to the Drug Laws governing the country.”

He called for collaboration if the DEA must achieve its desired goal.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is the Government functionary charged with the oversight to ensure that Liberia conforms to the International protocols on drugs and all harmful substances.

 


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