Newsbrief: Liberia Prepares to Join the Drug War 11/1/02

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In an act of drug war theater on October 25, Liberian National Police Director Paul Mulbah led the symbolic burning of the dope at police headquarters on Capitol Hill, The News (Monrovia) reported. The stunt came as the legislature prepares to consider a bill that would enact tough laws against illegal drug use and sales and helped drum up publicity for the newly formed National Drug Task Force, set up two months ago by the government of President Charles Taylor.

If the legislature fails to pass the legislation, warned Mulbah, "drugs will continue to haunt us, destroy our society and take us down the drain." But it sounds like drugs still have a ways to go. The country has a grand total of five "major drug dealers" in custody and has deported two Nigerians, and is holding 72 "potential drug users," Mulbah said. Still, if only the international community could send some aid, the battle could be won, Mulbah said. "We need logistics to empower us to fight against these dangerous drugs that are killing our society."

Mulbah was clearly playing to his audience. In attendance, according to The News, were various Liberian government ministers, "as well as representatives of the American embassy and the UNDCCP [UN Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention.]"

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