‘Correction Officers Supplying Drugs to Inmates’ -Tarawali

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Liberian inmates are interviewed by Prison Fellowship Monitors as Corrections Officers of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and Liberian National Police observe, at Kakata Central Prison, two hours north of capital Monrovia.

Assistant Minister for Correction and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice, Eddie S. Tarawali, says at least five correction officers assigned at the Monrovia Central Prison have allegedly been engaged in the sale and distribution of narcotic drugs to inmates.

He said these men are in connection with drug cartels that are supplying inmates on a daily basis with the illicit substances.

Mr. Tarawali, addressing a press conference in Monrovia yesterday, named one Moses Varney of the maintenance section, as the ringleader and that he and his colleagues are being forwarded to court for prosecution.

According to Tarawali, a joint team from the Bureau of Corrections and the Drug Enforcement Agency searched the prison facility following intelligence and discovered around LD3.5M worth of drugs. A subsequent search led to the discovery of three tubes of cocaine, a plastic full of marijuana, parcel of cocaine among other items.

He assured the public that all of the prison facilities within the country that have been identified as major hubs for drugs distribution would be cleaned.

According to him, the issue of correction is not about imprisonment but rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates.

Writes P. Nas Mulbah