Wednesday, June 26, 2019

NDLEA arrests 362 suspected drug traffickers in Edo

The Edo Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested 362 illicit drug suspects and traffickers between June 2018 and May 2019.

The State Commander, Mr Buba Wakawa, disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin at the ceremony marking the 2019 United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Wakawa said that the figure comprised 229 male and 133 female.

He disclosed that 42, 122.43 kilogrammes of illicit drugs were seized by the command within the period under review.


Giving the breakdown of the figure, he said the seized items comprised 42,090.24 kilogrammes of substance suspected to be cannabis sativa and 31.63 kilogrammes of suspected psychotropic substance.

He further said that 534 grammes of substance suspected to be heroine, and 24 grammes of substance suspected to be cocaine were also seized within the period.

The commander also said that 34 hard drug farms measuring 25 hectares were destroyed while 15 vehicles suspected to be used as means of conveyance were confiscated.

He said the command secured 13 convictions of drugs dealers while 178 cases were still pending in courts as 316 drugs dependent persons were counseled and reintegrate into society.

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