Grand Cape Mount Community Watch Alarms Over Increased In Drug, Human Trafficking, Wants Juvenile Court Setup

{By: Eldred Thomas – GNN Senior Correspondent}

watchAs the Drug Enforcement Agency and other security apparatus battle the smuggling and consumption of narcotic drugs in the Liberian society, the Chairman of the Community Watch Forum in Grand Cape Mount County has alarmed over increase in drug and human trafficking alone the Liberian- Sierra Leonean border.

According to Abraham Balue, there are over fifty illegal crossing points in Cape Mount with less man power of relevant security officers to ensure the proper watch of those crossing points.

Speaking to the our reporter in the County, Mr. Balue said crime rate in the County continues to increase as an individual officer watched over six crossing points, something described as risky for the security and welfare of citizens.

“The security officers are unable to effectively patrol the many illegal crossing points alone the Liberian- Sierra Leonean border due to lack logistical support, he asserted”.

He named, Gargama, Lein and Manor crossing points as major areas been penetrated by those trafficking drugs into the country despite measures been put in place to curb the act.

The Community Watch Forum Chair launched an appeal to the county leadership as well as citizens to help support activities of the CWF in order effectively buttress the efforts of the security.

He urged citizens of Grand Cape Mount to continue assist the DEA, Liberia National Police and Bureau of Immigration , stressing they too have a role to play in fighting crimes in the county and Liberia as a whole.

Balue at the same time called for the setting up of a juvenile court in Grand Cape Mount to help address some of the many crimes committed mainly by young people on a daily basis .

Mr. Balue expressed fear that in the absence of a juvenile court in the area, young people will continue to go with impunity after committing heinous crimes.

He said lamented that the young people as future leaders of the nation are mostly involved into unwarranted acts that are tantamount to destroying their future.

Mr. Balue pointed out that drug abuse, gambling, raping, and theft are widespread, noting the young people are mostly involved with these bad habits.

He stressed if nothing is done to curb the alarming situation, several young people in Grand Cape Mount and the Western region will become threat, unproductive citizens and liability on society.

Grand Cape Mount is among counties in Liberia with the highest arrest of huge quantity of drugs and other harmful substances as well as illegal entry of other nationals from neighboring Sierra Leone and other areas.

This is evident by the burning of huge quantity of assorted harmful drugs by the Drug Enforcement Agency, Grand Cape Mount branch in observance of International Drug Day.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.