NDLEA ar­rests 92 drug sus­pects in A/Ibom

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The Na­tional Drugs Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA) in Akwa Ibom State said it ar­rested 92 drug sus­pects and seized 20.214 kg of il­licit sub­stances be­tween March and April.

The state com­man­der, Mrs Josephine Obi, dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tion with news­men yes­ter­day in Uyo, said the sus­pects in­cluded 87 males and five fe­males.

The break­down of the sub­stances showed that In­dian hemp was 20.125kg, Co­caine, 0.081kg, Heroin, 0.008kg and five aban­doned seizures of psy­chotropic sub­stances weigh­ing 0.55kg.

Oth­ers are one card of tra­madol and 63.5 litres of Com­bine (mix­ture of cannabis and al­co­hol). She said that the com­mand had coun­selled 41 drug ped­dlers in the state.

``The com­mand de­liv­ered lec­tures against drug mis­use and traf­fick­ing in il­licit drugs in 48 schools and or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as coun­selled 41 drug ped­dlers in the state,’’ she said.

The com­man­der said out of the 92 per­sons ar­rested, eight have been con­victed for deal­ing in so­cially-pro­hib­ited drugs be­tween the pe­ri­ods.

She ex­pressed worry that some of the con­victed per­sons had served var­i­ous terms in prison for sim­i­lar of­fences.

Obi ex­plained fur­ther that some deal­ers found it dif­fi­cult to stop the il­le­gal busi­ness even af­ter serv­ing their terms due to its lu­cra­tive na­ture. ( NAN)

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