Vehicle Smuggling Deal at Border Backfires

first_imgThe smuggled vehicle in question is now ‘impounded’ at the Customs Post. One police officer arrested for ‘smuggling vehicle’ in GantaAuthorities at the Ganta Port of entry along the Liberian/Guinean border in Nimba County, on Friday, April 25, 2019, arrested a police officer, who was said to have clandestinely penetrated security corridors with a car in an attempt to evade tax.Security source at the border informed the Daily Observer on Friday that the officer, Vamayan Kenneh of the Police Highway Patrol, entered the border with a police patrol car, marked 226 at about 1:13 p.m., under the pretext that he was going to speak to his loved one, who he claimed lived within the vicinity of the border.The security at border said, while officer Kenneh was returning from the Guinean side of the border, he entered Liberia with a patrol car that has the siren on, followed by a white Ford Jeep, bearing a Guinea license plate, RC – 3855 – AM, forcibly penetrating the two gates without any of the officers assigned at the gate making any inquiry due to severity of sound from the siren.“When he got to the police gate, almost to enter Liberia side of the gate, he ordered the gate be opened for the Ford Car to pass without reference to any of the officers, and also made the vehicle in question non-declared for duty payment,” said a police officer, who pleaded for anonymity.Upon leaving the corridor of the port, officer Kenneh reportedly sped up with the vehicle heading for Monrovia.“Before we could come to ourselves, the officer was already en-route to Monrovia, but we chased after him and his crew that were intersected around almost at the Ganta/Monrovia checkpoint; from where we brought them back to the Custom post to pay duty,” said one Sheriff, a police officer assigned at the border.The car has since been impounded with the four tires deflated for fear that it would be removed overnight.This is not the first time for such an act to have taken place at the border post.It can be recalled that few years ago, a mini truck disappeared at the border under mysterious circumstance, after it was parked to pay the custom duty. What happened to the case remains unanswered, at least not to the knowledge of this newspaper’s investigation.In the recent saga, other nearby residents are blaming the border authorities for being negligent, something many believed is a threat to national security.“On many occasions we see uniformed officers on board vehicles crossing the border, whether they go through the normal procedures is yet to be established,” said an eyewitness at the border.Due to the proximity of Ganta to the borderline, it is alleged that most of the motorcycle dealers around the city brought in their goods (bikes) through smuggling method under the cover of darkness, specifically during the dry season, when the St. John River that borders the two countries from that entry point gets dried, thus giving way to travelers to walk over the main source.Series of efforts to get the Custom Collector officially to speak on the latest incident did not materialize because he claimed not to be clothed with authority to address the issue. However, the smuggling of goods, including vehicles have overshadowed activities at the border crossing points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Matthews Jr. part of drug investigation

first_imgMatthews had two at-bats in an intrasquad game Tuesday. “We talked to Gary and made him aware of the article and right now there are no details,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We didn’t really know what happened or what’s going on. We have to see what’s going on.” Matthews was not the only athlete linked to the investigation. Former heavyweight Evander Holyfield also was named and allegedly used the name “Evan Fields” when placing orders. Admitted steroid user Jose Canseco also was named by the Times Union as an alleged client of Applied Pharmacy Services. A number of unnamed NFL players also were linked. In addition to the Mobile, Ala., provider, a pharmacy in Orlando, Fla., also has been under investigation by a special grand jury in New York for over a year. A top physician with the Pittsburgh Steelers allegedly ordered $150,000 worth of testosterone and human growth hormone on a personal credit card through Signature Pharmacy. Because he is a physician there was no law broken. The retail value of those drugs is said to be worth $750,000. Another alleged customer of Signature is former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jason Grimsley, who had mail-order steroids seized at his home last year. Intrasquad news Kelvim Escobar pitched well, John Lackey looked rusty and Dustin Moseley was roughed up. Nobody was worried about the results, though, as the Angels took the field for an intrasquad game. Pitchers only worked an inning.On offense, Casey Kotchman had a two-run single while Mike Napoli homered. TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr.’s name has surfaced in the investigation of a Mobile, Ala.-based internet pharmacy accused in the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, including human growth hormone. In a report Tuesday in the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, the newspaper credited “sources with knowledge of the investigation” for linking the Angels’ new outfielder to the situation. The report did not reveal what types of products Matthews ordered, if any, although he was labeled a customer by the newspaper. center_img Finally … Hector Carrasco has emerged as the likely starting candidate in case Jered Weaver is not ready at the start of the season. He didn’t pitch well, though, in his inning of work, giving up a hit and two walks. 3B Chone Figgins failed to make a play to his left on a hard-hit ball by Maicer Izturis. Figgins committed 10 errors at 3B in 34 games (32 starts). “It wasn’t an easy play,” Scioscia said. “On the practice field, Figgy has been very impressive. It’s just going to take some balls being hit to him and feeling good about making plays. He’ll settle in and play at a high level at third base.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more