HARPER, Sept. 3 (LINA) – The Harper Magisterial Court has sentenced a 47 year-old man to one year in prison for unlicensed possession of dangerous narcotic substances.
Nelson Tarpeh was on August 25 sentenced after he was found guilty by the court.
Tarpeh’s current incarnation at the Harper Central Prison will last from August 25, 2020 to August 24, 2021.
According to the commander of the Maryland County detachment of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), Special Agent Joseph Taggedine, Tarpeh was arrested with five kilograms (21 cans) of marijuana on Monday, August 24 at about 7:50 p.m. in the New Kru Town Community in Harper during LDEA’s special operation.
He added that the LDEA has launched an operation dragnet which is targeting vulnerable communities with criminal hideouts based on numerous complaints from citizens and residents.
Though Taggedine did not mention the street value of the narcotic substances, he reiterated that combating the sale and use of drugs in the county requires everyone’s effort, and called on citizens for collaboration.
« Even though we may not make Maryland 100% free of narcotic drugs, but we will do our best at least to reach 80 percent, » the LDEA commander vowed.
Additionally, in recent time, Jacksonville Township commissioner Jonathan Harmon has alarmed over the high rate of criminal activities in the area, craving police intervention to establish a substation in the township.
Harmon in an interview with the Liberia News Agency cited the proliferation of drug dealing, burglary and harassment of peaceful citizens by criminals as some « unbearable situations » facing his township.
He pledged that residents of the township commitment are willing to work with the joint security in minimizing the crime rate in that part of the county.
Jacksonville, a township situated in Harper, the administrative seat of Maryland County. is among several communities noted for criminal hideouts.
Others include Zones 10, 7 and 11 in Pleebo, the commercial city of the county.
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