Couple arrested for counterfeit drugs

By Kelvin Arthurs

A couple residing in Mount Barclay has been arrested for selling counterfeit medical drugs.

According to Marcus Soko, the General Director of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), the couple, Mr. Sanno Doe and Mrs. Janet Doe, was arrested with two land cruiser jeeps full of counterfeit medication drugs.

Director Soko stated that confiscated counterfeit drugs are estimated about US$15,000. He indicated that the arrest was based upon search warrant from the court to search the residence of the couple based on intelligence gathered by joint security operation against harmful drugs across the country.

According to him, the search was done by collaboration between the LDEA and the Liberia Medical and Regulatory Authority (LMHRA).

Director Soko made the disclosure Thursday at a Press Conference at the LDEA’s Head Office in Fiamah suburb of Monrovia.

He pointed out that Mr. Sanno Doe and Mrs. Janet Doe will be taken to court for prosecution according to the law of the Republic of Liberia. He noted that counterfeit medical drugs are creating serious problem among children across the country.

Director Soko stressed the need for Liberia “s Drugs Laws to be stronger to prevent people coming with counterfeit medical drugs from neighboring countries, noting that the people continue to engage in counterfeit activities due to weak drugs laws.

According to him, the suspects will be investigated further to ascertain who their suppliers are and whether the transaction is done through the banking system. He maintained that the public should assist the joint security with the relevant information to arrest drugs within the various communities across the nation

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Post Market Surveillance of the Liberia Medical and Health Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), Paul Higging, said these medications have been counterfeited. Coordinator Higging alleged that most of the counterfeit medical drugs come from Guinea through cross border trade.

He indicated that the LMHRA’s staff have been trained to determine counterfeit medical drugs without going through scientific examination of the drugs. He urged Liberians to desist from buying medications from the street and none recognized pharmacies around the country.

For their part, Mr. and Mrs. Doe denied that the medical drugs are counterfeit as the LDEA and LMHRA authorities are claiming. Suspect Doe stated that medical drugs have been supplied to them from a lady identified as Ma-Yamah who imported the medications from Guinea.

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