Liberia: Boxes Seized at RIA Contain Illegal Drugs, LDEA Investigation Shows
MARGIBI-The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice and the Joint Security has affirmed that the consignment of boxes it intercepted containing herbal plants, packaged and in natural form, at the Roberts International Airport contain methamphetamine.
The investigation which included scientific examination, and samples tested revealed the presence of the illicit drug, which is banned under the rules of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes, UNODC.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice Cllr. Frank Musah Dean Jr. has with immediate effect ordered the Joint Security of Liberia, as well as the LDEA, LNP, and the NSA, to expand their investigations on the importation of illegal drugs to bring to justice all those involved.
The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) on Monday claimed that boxes, which Aiport Security Manager had allegedly attempted to smuggle out, contained packs of raw moringa tea leaves, but needed further testing.
However, tests conducted by the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), according to sources, have revealed that some of the packages in the boxes contained methamphetamine, a highly addictive substance that is not yet widely used in Liberia.
Methamphetamine is a potent and highly addictive central nervous system stimulant. It affects the brain’s dopamine and norepinephrine systems, leading to an intense rush of euphoria and increased energy levels. Users often experience increased aggression, paranoia, and violent behavior, posing potential harm to themselves and others