Sierra Leone arrests suspected traffickers of half tonne of cocaine

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FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone’s security forces said on Wednesday they had arrested three foreign nationals involved in the smuggling of half tonne (1,102 lb) of cocaine that was seized in neighbouring Liberia.

“These foreign nationals, who include a Liberian, a Guinean and a Lebanese, were alleged to have been members of the cartel involved in the trafficking of 520 kilograms of cocaine,” said Sierra Leone’s national security coordinator Abdulai Caulker in a statement.

The cocaine, worth $100 million, was seized by authorities in Liberia on Saturday with the help of U.S. intelligence, said Liberia’s Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Michael Jippley.

Liberia then alerted Sierra Leone to the presence of the traffickers who had escaped over its borders.

“There is no safe haven in Sierra Leone for drug traffickers and other criminals,” said the statement from Sierra Leone.

All the arrested individuals will be turned over to the authorities in Liberia for further investigation, it said.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13611 Articles
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.
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