LDEA Arrests US$15k Counterfeit Medical Drugs

(LINA) – The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency  (LDEA) in collaboration with the Liberia Medical and Health Regulatory  Authority (LMHRA) has arrested counterfeit medical drugs worth  US$15,000.According to the LDEA General Director, Marcus Soko, the counterfeit  medical drugs were arrested after a search warrant was issued by the  Court to search the residence of the suspects in Barclayville outside  Monrovia.

Director Soko made the disclosure Thursday at a press conference at  the LDEA head Office in Fiamah, a suburb of Monrovia.

He pointed out that the two suspects, Mr. Sanno Doe and Mrs. Janet Doe  will be forwarded to court for prosecution, in keeping with law.

Mr. Soko noted that counterfeit medical drugs are creating serious  health problems among children across the country, and stressed the  need for Liberia’s Drug Laws to be made stronger to prevent people  bringing into the country counterfeit medical drugs from neighboring  countries.

According to him, the suspects will be investigated further to  ascertain who their suppliers are and whether the transaction was done  through the banking system.

He admonished the public to assist the joint security with the  relevant information about counterfeit drugs in the various  communities across the nation.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of Post Market Surveillance at the Liberia  Medical and Health Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), Paul Higging, has  said the medications arrested by the LDEA were counterfeit.

Coordinator Higging alleged that most of the counterfeit medical drugs  come from Guinea through cross-border trade.

He indicated that LMHRA staff has been trained to determine  counterfeit medical drugs without going through scientific examination  of the drugs and urged Liberians to desist from buying medications  from the street and non-recognized pharmacies around the country.

For his part, suspect Sanno Doe insisted that the medical drugs are  not counterfeit, as the LDEA and LMHRA authorities claimed.

Doe stated that medical drugs were supplied to him by a lady  identified as Mama Yamah from Guinea.

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