DEA Identifies Barriers to Drug Fight

first_imgThe Director of Liberia’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Anthony K. Souh, has decried what he termed as “impediments to the fight against illicit drugs in the country.” Since its creation by an Act of Legislature, the DEA has been struggling to gain traction due to the lack of a proper legal framework and logistical support to the agency, says Mr. Souh. DEA needs the required logistics and trained manpower if it is to meet public expectations in terms of limiting the power of those engaged in the illicit drug trade against our national security, health and economic interests, Director Souh explained. Souh made those comments in a statement of appreciation to authorities of the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in Monrovia who recently donated several vehicles and equipment to the DEA. UNODC Representative to Liberia, Jesus Agvilar Cereno, on making the presentations said the donations to the DEA signify a strong dedication and collective commitment to building a modern, efficient internal security and criminal investigation system. The equipment and two vehicles, valued at US$80,000, are to further empower the DEA to cope with challenges of transnational crime, organized crime, and drug trafficking that are taking advantage of the country’s vulnerabilities, which can undermine the country’s stability and development efforts, said Mr. Cereno.  The donation has added impetus to the work of the agency, said Director Souh, declaring that fighting drug- related crimes is critical to the stability and security of the country. He said drug abuse is deadly and needs to be addressed decisively to prevent obstruction to national security interests.UNODC is an agency of the UN that is leading in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime with the mandate to assist member states in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism jointly with international partners, notably the US State Department and the US Embassy accredited near Monrovia.  The US has committed to enhancing the security sector, including the DEA and the Trans International Crime Unit (TCU) to be efficient and reliable antinarcotics and anti-organized crime agencies. The presentation was witnessed by several government officials including the Assistant Justice Minister for Administration, Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, who received the keys to the donated vehicles and later presented them to DEA Director Souh. She admonished that the donations, particularly the vehicles,  should be maintained and used for the intended purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool defender ‘90 per cent certain to leave’ this summer, reveals agent

first_imgThe agent of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has revealed centre-back is ’90 per cent certain to leave’ the Merseyside club this summer.The Slovakia captain has fallen out of favour at Anfield under new boss Jurgen Klopp this season, with Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure all preferred over him throughout the campaign.And while the Reds will miss Mamadou Sakho for a part of next term due to a drugs ban, the arrival of Schalke centre-back Joel Matip is likely to put Skrtel further down the packing order.The 31-year-old has started just one Premier League game for Jurgen Klopp’s side since December and is thought to be considering his future at Anfield.And his agent, Karol Csonto, recently admitted the defender is likely to leave the club when the transfer window opens, with Turkey a possible destination.“Besiktas is one of those interested in Martin, but we’re haven’t reached a point where I can confirm Martin is going there, or anywhere else,” Csonto told TV Markiza in Slovakia.“I can say that it is 90 percent sure Martin will leave Liverpool, but it is far from closed.” 1 Martin Skrtel has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool last_img read more