Woman, 26, Arrested with US$6,000 Worth of Narcotics

By Matalay Kollie, Bong County Correspondent

Gbarnga City, Bong County-June 27, 2023: The Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) Bong County Detachment has arrested a 26-year-old woman identified as Helena Sulonteh with a consignment of narcotic drugs worth over six thousand United States dollars ($6,000).

Suspect Solunteh was hooked up from the Phebe Parking Community in Gbarnga on June 26, 2023.

Disclosing to a team of reporters on June 27 during a press conference in Gbarnga, the commander of the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency Bong Detachment, Joseph Gokor said the arrest was made through a tip-up from an intelligence in the Community.

According to Commander Gokor, narcotics substances arrested include 66 grams of Heroin and 83.88 grams of raw Cocaine. He placed the street value of the drugs at a little over six thousand United States dollars or its Liberian dollars equivalence.

According to him, the street value of the 66g of heroin is USD two thousand hundred dollars (2,100)while the street value of the 83.88g of Raw Cocaine is USD three thousand seven hundred seventy-five dollars (3,775.00)

He furthered that suspect Helena Solunteh is currently undergoing a thorough investigation and will subsequently be forwarded to court for trial.

Moreover, the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency Bong County Boss is calling on would-be drug dealers to disengage from the sale of life-damaging substances in Liberia.

Meanwhile, suspect Solunteh has admitted to being a usual dealer of harmful substances in the County. She added that she usually receives a huge quality of narcotic substances at a local guest house from a Nigerian national whose name was withheld for business transactions.

She is meanwhile appealing to officers of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency and the Liberian government to have mercy on her; adding that she got engaged in the business to sustain her families.

Suspect Sulunteh arrest come a day after the passage of the new drug law which places ‘no bail’ for peddler like and others in the business like the Nigerian man she mentioned.

It is likely that if Pres. George Weah signs the Drug law as it before Suspect Sulunteh’s trial, the law could be tested and tried on her as a result of its grace offense.

Drug abuse is common among youths in all parts of the country as it is known that foreign nationals including nationals are huge smugglers of substances.

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