U.S. Gives Equipment, Grant To Liberia To Fight Drugs

The United States Government has given a consignment of equipment worth US$4,000 and a grant of US$10,000 to the national Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The items donated to DEA are to be used by officers assigned at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), while the US$10,000 grant is to help renovate the airport.

The consignment includes drug test kits, 24 caps, 24 handcuffs and24 torchlights with cases, 24 travelling bags and 24 Polo T-shirts.

Making the donation at the offices of the DEA in Monrovia on Tuesday, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S Department of State, Todd Robinson, said this was America’s way of appreciating the successes achieved by the DEA in curbing drug trafficking nationally, regionally and globally.

According to Robinson, the US Government is proud of the law enforcement program of Liberia, but is specifically pleased with the relationship it has had with the DEA over the years.

He also thanked the International Narcotic Law Enforcement (INL) Program Manager, Sally Schlegel and the Country Director of the United Nations Office on Drug Control (UNODC), Michael Usborne, for the level of coordination and cooperation they have had with the DEA.

Robinson called on authorities of DEA to work with other law enforcement agencies in the country to make its work easier, noting that no one agency is able to single-handedly carry out such a delicate task.

He called on officers of DEA to make the difference by making appropriate use of the equipment provided them; adding, “Only Liberians can make the difference in their country.”

Receiving the items, DEA Director General Anthony Souh thanked the U.S. government and its two partners – INL and UNODC – for the high level of support to his agency and the Liberian people.

Souh thanked them for training 43 senior officers of the agency in Narcotic Trafficking, something he attributed to the 142 arrests that have been made by officers of the DEA as well as the one and only drug case won by the Government.

Mr. Souh promised that the equipment will be used to improve the performance of officers of the DEA.

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