Liberia: Drug Bust Leads to Seizure of US$100M Worth of Cocaine; Suspect in Custody
Monrovia – The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Security Agency have arrested a 31-year-old Guinean Bissau national named Malam Conte. The arrest was made in plain view following well-verified intelligence from the U.S. government.
At about 1:00 PM, LDEA stormed the SONIT Liberia Inc. compound and seized from there a huge quantity of raw cocaine concealed among frozen goods owned by SONIT Inc.
SONIT Incorporated is frozen food company located in Topoe Village along the Japanese Free Way. However, the company has distanced itself from the act and has since collaborated with the LDEA to ensure the arrest. The value of the confiscated drug is about Hundred Million United States Dollar (100,000,000).
Following the arrest, suspect Conte admitted having connection with the consignment and iterated that he has since arrived in the country about two weeks ago to await the consignment.
During our preliminary investigation, suspect Conte said he was asked by his international partners to follow the consignment and ensure it reaches the final destination. However, he did not say as to whether Liberia is the final destination.
It was also established that suspect Malam arrived in the country with two other accomplices who checked in at the Royal Grand Hotel. They later moved over to the Boulevard Palace Hotel where the LDEA was able to pick up additional information leading towards their syndicate.
Meanwhile, suspects Gustavo Henrique, a Brazilian and Adulai Djibril a Portuguese who both accompanied Malam were not in their hotel room at the time the LDEA and NSA agents arrived.
Suspect Malam is currently under the LDEA custody undergoing full scale investigation, while suspects Gustavo Henrique and Adulai Djibril are at large.