By Eldred Thomas/GNN Senior Correspondent
Several drug dealers and alleged criminals were early this week raided by the officers of the Liberia National Police in Brewerville and its surrounding communities. The Township of Brewerville is electoral district #17, Montserrado County.
The early Tuesday operation was backed by officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) saw the arrest of several alleged criminals including females who residents who spoke to our reporter said are usually selling dangerous substances to people in the area, a situation they said has plunged the communities into criminals hideouts.
Speaking in an interview with our staff, the Commander of the Zone Six Police Depot, Chief Superintendent Blama Yancy said the raid is part of several police operations to clean the communities of drug and criminals who have engaged in unlawful acts ranging from armed robbery, rape, harassment and intimidation of peaceful citizens.
Superintendent Yancy further indicated that the raid by the Police in these Communities was triggered by a tip off from members of the Community Watch Forums across the district on the alleged increase in the sale of dangerous drugs by those now being arrested to individuals residing in their communities.
He named some of the hideouts as the infamous VOA cemetery in Brewerville and the Citi Bank Compound; the areas he said have been taken over by these drug dealers and users.
He said this latest raid of ghettos will once again ensure that citizens in those areas breathe a new sense of relief as they prepare for the July 26 Independence Celebration.
Some of the substances arrested include Italian White, parcels of marijuana, Kanyan produced with marijuana and other particles, bonnie dust with marijuana among others.
The police official said some key figures residing the affected communities and engaged in such ugly act were also arrested, including an elderly Nigerian lady only identified as Ma Grace, who police said is the highest supporter of drug activities in the district.
Chief Supt, Yancy noted that the growing presence of criminals and drug addicts have always posed threats to the daily movement and activities of community members.
“Over thirty nine persons were arrested and are currently been investigated in connection to the crimes of illegal possession of drugs, criminal facilitation, among others after which they will be forwarded to court for prosecution, the Zone Six Police Commander explained”.
He maintained that the police will not relent in raiding the communities and Liberia of criminals, despite challenges being confronted with in the discharge of their duties.
Chief Yancy also used the occasion to make an appeal to the community members to continue their support and cooperation with the Liberia National Police to ensure the society is free of criminals.
The police raid comes after the reemergence of armed robbery activities in district seventeen specifically in the Banjor and Brisbane road communities, where the robbers usually attacked people with deadly weapons.
Some of the residents who spoke to the GNN commended the police for the raid, while appealing to them to regularly chased criminals and drug addicts of their communities.
The residents also pledged their renewed commitment to continue their support to the Liberia National Police to help raid the community of drug users and dealers to ensure a safe and healthy environment.