DEA arrests Sierra Leonean woman with 20 kilo grams of marijuana

Drug Enforcement agents in Grand Cape County have arrested a Sierra Leonean woman for the alleged possession of illicit drugs.

Suspect Kadiatu Kalonkoh, 27, was reportedly caught with 20 kilo grams of marijuana, estimated to be valued 230,000 Liberian Dollars.

The reports said she was arrested on Wednesday near a DEA check point in Grand Cape Mount County.

Col. Octavious Manning, commander of the DEA Grand Cape County detachment, is quoted by the reports as saying suspect Kadiatu was transporting the dangerous drugs from her home Country, Sierra Leone, to the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

During a visit to Bo-Waterside, in June of this year, Col. Manning pleaded with Government and its partners to assist the DEA with vehicles, motorbikes and flashlights in order to enhance the agency operations in Grand Cape Mount County.

Grand Cape Count County is located in western Liberia and shares common borders with Sierra Leone.

Col. Manning said the lack of logistics is impeding the work of DEA officers deployed at major checkpoints in the five districts of the county.

In recent years, DEA has made several arrests of individuals, mainly youths for smuggling illegal substances from Sierra Leone, especially through local entry points.

By JB Hilton

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