The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Cross River Command, says it arrested 186 drug suspects across the state in 2015.The state Commander of the NDLEA, Mrs. AnthoniaEdeh, disclosed this on Saturday during an interview in Calabar.Edeh said the command also impounded 368,908 kilograms of various categories of hard drugs across the state during the period under review.She stated that out of the number arrested, 169 were males while 17 were females.“Also, out of the hard drugs seized, 368,479 were cannabis sativa; 43,601 grams of cocaine and nine grams of psychotropic substance,” she said.
The commander further stated that the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar in 2015 convicted 54 suspects to various terms of imprisonment, ranging from 1-15 years for drug related offences.Edeh said the command carried out counseling and sensitizationprograms in public places, including schools, motor parks and markets. “Ninety-nine persons were counselled and reintegrated into the society while the public were sensitized on the inherent dangers of drug abuse and the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Edeh added.She appealed for the support of the Cross River State Government and other relevant stakeholders in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the state.“There is also the need for the citizens to furnish the agency with information on illicit drug activities in the state,” Edeh said, just as she assured that the command would double its effort in the fight against illicit drug trafficking in the state in 2016.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Command of the NDLEA said it had arrested 140 drug traffickers and seized 404.411 kilograms of different types of narcotics in the state.The agency’s Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, Mr. Ikenna Osakwe, said in a statement that the agency achieved the feat in its operations in 2015.Osakwe said of the 140 suspected drug traffickers, 124 were males while 16 were females.The agency’s spokesman noted that majority of the suspects arrested were between the ages of 24 and 45 years, indicating that those who trafficked and abused illicit drugs were mostly the youth.Osakwe said, “Pertaining drug exhibits, a total of 404.411kg of various types of drugs were recovered and seized.
Precisely, Cannabis Sativa accounted for 400.683kg, Cocaine 0.062kg, Heroin 0.033kg and psychotropic substances 3.633kg.“Furthermore, 16 liters of Combine, aka ‘goskorine’, ‘monkey tail’ or ‘mukite’, a mixture of Cannabis Sativa and alcohol was also seized. It is worthy of note that N189, 370.00 monetary exhibit was also seized in the year under review. The total value of the drugs seized was N2, 839,959.95.” On the prosecution of suspects, he said a total of 27 convictions were secured while other cases were still at various stages of prosecution. He added that in 2015, a total of 96 drugs-dependent persons were counselled in the Drug Demand Reduction Unit of the command.