Two Arrested With Marijuana at Bo Waterside
Two Sierra Leoneans were arrested last Friday with a huge consignment of marijuana at Bo Waterside, Liberia’s main border with Sierra Leone in Grand Cape Mount County.
Immigration officers assigned at Bo Waterside told this paper that the under-aged Sierra Leoneans - Claudius Juanah, 15, and Joseph Juanah, 16, with two suit cases were apprehended on April 15.
Senior Collector of Customs Ephraim Miller said the drug (marijuana)was valued at more than L$10,000 by approximation. According to him, the Sierra Leonean packed the marijuana in two suit cases with a few clothes spread on top. Miller said the Sierra Leoneans were allegedly deceived by one Olatungie Jarrett, also a Sierra Leonean.
“Olatungie Jarrett took them from their residence at 50 Lumley Beach in Free Town under the pretense of traveling to Liberia for vacation,” Miller explained.
Quoting the kids, Millers said Olatungie Jarrett, otherwise known as Ola, took his father’s vehicle and headed to Liberia’s border with the two suit-cases. Ola’s father reportedly instructed Sierra Leonean Police at the border to impound his missing car and confiscate whenever they see in it.
He noted further that after the Sierra Leonean police impounded the vehicle, Ola pretended as if the kids were passengers and gave them the luggage to cross into Liberia to turn them over to one Mohammed Massaquoi, who was to receive them on the Liberian side of the border. The BIN Chief said in the process, Mohammed, the stranger father of the kids, was the arrested.
“The Sierra Leonean kids have been turned over to the Liberia National Police for investigation,” he said. Meanwhile, Miller has stressed the need for increased logistical support to effectively and efficiently man the border at Bo-Waterside border.