Cocaine Seizure Photo: The Citizen

Drug Trafficking: Regulators intercept $100m worth of cocaine in Liberia

*Marcus Zehyoue, Liberia’s National Drug Enforcement Agency Chief discloses ‘a full-scale investigation’ is underway along with a search for accomplices who escaped capture during the joint operation

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In an offensive against illicit drug trafficking and substance abuse in the West African country, the Liberian authorities have disclosed the regulators  intercepted $100million worth of cocaine, with help from the United States’ (US) international narcotics agency.

ConsumerConnect learnt Musa Dean, Liberian Justice Minister, Monday, October 3, 2022, told reporters the country’s National Drug Enforcement Agency, with help from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, had made the seizure Saturday, October 1, in Topoe village, a western suburb of the capital Monrovia.

Dean also stated that the operation led “to the seizure of $100 million worth of pure cocaine,” agancy report said.

The Liberian Justice Minister said the regulators arrested a Guinea-Bissau national and Lebanese suspect during the operation.

Though the drug agency could not confirm reports shared on the Social Media that the drug had been stored in frozen fish containers, the National Drug Enforcement Agency noted that the investigation was ongoing.

According to Marcus Zehyoue, the Drug Enforcement Agency Chief, “a full-scale investigation” is underway along with a search for accomplices who escaped capture during the raid.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Liberia has congratulated the Liberian authorities on the drug haul.

The Mission, in a statement, said that it was the result of a swift joint action.

It stated: “The success of this operation is the direct result of excellent communication between law enforcement agencies around the world, including Brazil, the United States, and Liberia, among others.”

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