Appearing yesterday on the Capitol Fm breakfast show, Collins indicated that those expelled included two females and 32 males.
Collins narrated that it is unfortunate that individuals desirous of joining the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) would be unable to write their own autobiography.
“Writing in law enforcement is mandatory; you must be able to write tickets, and issue reports. Therefore, you must know how to write,” he said.
“Those expelled officers have been asked never to return to the academy because they are not needed,” the Police spokesman added.
On the other hand, the Director of LDEA, Antony K. Souh, has outlined the lack of adequate equipment and resources as major challenges facing the LDEA. The LDEA boss spoke at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) on Capitol Hill Thursday, June 23, 2016.
Director Souh lamented that the limitation of resources poses serious impediment to the discharge of the required functions of the LDEA.
Suoh indicated that the LDEA currently lacks essential materials like boats, helicopters and sufficient guards at various border posts to properly man and secure the country’s territories from illicit drug traffickers.
“We need to properly man the country’s territories including the 74 border posts and we need boats and helicopters to enhance our work,” the LDEA boss said.
Notwithstanding, Souh mentioned that the LDEA has taken steps to professionalize the agency with the view of providing adequate and efficient Drug Law Enforcement that are built upon internationally standardized pillars.
He named the establishment of adequate and efficient legal framework, the reduction of drug demand; control of both illicit and licit drug supply and the reduction of drug related harms as well as policing of the entire territorial limits of Liberia, as steps taken to maintain standards.
The LDEA boss added that in addition to the already established detachment at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), the LDEA has deployed and established another detachment at the Free Port of Monrovia to increase productivity.
He stated that the LDEA from 2015 has made 77 arrests comprising 58 men and 19 women; which has subsequently led to the seizure of 9,733.5 kilograms of marijuana an estimated street value of $198,235.00 USD; 4.0 Kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of $176,279.00 USD; 6.2 kilograms of heroin valued at 205,014.00 USD and 1.5 kilograms of precursors chemical worth 8,942.00 USD.