Police have arrested several persons and confiscated a huge consignment of illicit drugs during a joint police and DEA raid that swept across Central Monrovia and its environs on Tuesday.
Among those arrested were popular Hipco Singer, Jonathan Koffa popularly known as Takun-J and Philip Taylor, a son of former Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor.
Police sources said the pair, Takun-J, a representative candidate on the ticket of the Alternative National Congress, ANC, and Philip Taylor, son of Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, running mate to presidential candidate and soccer legend Senator George Weah were subsequently released because their arrest was as a result of mistaken identity.
A highly placed Police source, who preferred to remain anonymous, has told Farbric News that the pair’s released was influenced by some political actors, apparently including Philip’s mother, Senator Taylor.
Other sources said musical star, Takun-J, who was reportedly arrested at his own entertainment center, is also a drug dealer and user, but the Hipco singer has since denied the claims.
Eyewitnesses said Philip Taylor was arrested in one of the houses or ghettoes raided by the DEA and Police.
Over one hundred suspects, including a woman identified as Fatu Keita, were arrested. Fatu said she works for musician Takun-J, but her claims have not been independently verified.