NDLEA arrests 92 drug suspects in A/Ibom
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)