UNMIL Police Commissioner underscores complexity of drug trafficking in Liberia
Monrovia - UNMIL Police Commissioner Simon Blatchly today said that although countries in West Africa, including Liberia, are transit points, the trafficking of illicit drugs in the region is becoming a more complex issue. He said these countries no longer serve as mere links in the chain of supply but destinations.
“Reports show that about half of the cocaine trafficked through West and Central Africa now remains in the region,” said Mr. Blatchly at the celebration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Paynesville, Monrovia. “Such changing patterns of drug consumption jeopardize hard won gains in sustainable development and good governance.”
The Police Commissioner added that drug trafficking is fanned by corruption throughout the drug supply chain. He also said that while results from the UN’s support to Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency and the Liberia National Police are evident in terms of the level of commitment and professionalism displayed by officers working in this field, there are still many challenges to overcome.
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, usually observed on 26 June, is dedicated to strengthening action and cooperation between actors to achieve the goal of a society free of drug abuse. This year’s theme is Listen FIRST - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.
The Director General of the Drug Enforcement Agency revealed that the agency would today destroy cocaine worth US$468,000 seized from traffickers in Liberia.
Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer for Liberia Dr. Francis Kateh delivered the keynote speech. The event was organised by the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA).