The Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Mr. Anthony Souh, has with immediate effect dismissed three senior employees for alleged act of corruption.
Those dismissed include: Fred Massaquoi (Chief Investigator), Martha Massaley (Chief of special drug squad), and J. B. Sampson (Deputy Chief of Investigation).
According to Mr. Souh, the three DEA employees were dismissed for allegedly receiving L$ 20,000 from some Nigerian drug dealers and users.
Mr. Souh said few of the DEA employees were also suspended in connection to unprincipled act. But he did not disclose their names.
He made the disclosure in an interview with reporters in Monrovia on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
Speaking further, the DEA chief stated that the alleged act of the suspects contravenes the hand book of the agency.
He pointed out that the dismissed employees were ‘caught right handedly on a crime scene’ with the money.
He further disclosed that the money was retrieved from the suspects by authorities of the agency.
Mr. Souh noted that the alleged act of the suspects amounts to dishonesty, conflict of interest and lack of confidence and public trust.
Mr. Souh said the dismissal of the employees will serve as a deterrence for other would–be corrupt officers of the DEA.
“Liberia needs to be protected from the importing of dangerous drug into the country at all times in order for us to continue to live in peace and harmony. We were appointed to this post by the President and subsequently confirmed by the Liberian Senate with the responsibility and mandate to fight the inflation of drug and save Liberia from being used by drug trafficking. Today, we wish to announce the immediate dismissal of three of our senior officers who were caught in financial malpractices,” he stated.
He indicated that the confidence and public trust play a significant role in the welfare of security personnel, and as such, they must uphold it.
He added that some of the drug dealers and users were also arrested by DEA officers.
Mr. Souh further indicated that drug dealers and users have become a ‘major threat’ to the Liberian society that is striving to regain its pre-war status.
He vowed to implement the laws of the agency to the letter without fear or favor.