The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Anambra State said it has arrested 44 persons suspected to be dealing in illicit drugs from April to September this year.
The Commander of the Agency, Mohammed Idris who disclosed this on Wednesday in Awka, said four of the suspects were females.
He said 19 of the suspects were found guilty after investigations and would be prosecuted, adding that the rest were referred to rehabilitation center for counseling.
“The agency confiscated about two tonnes of illicit drugs, consisting of 1720kg of canabis sativa, 0.210 crystalline methamphetamine, 5,000 tablets of tramadol, about 10,481 tablets of Diazepam, 2.1 liters of cough syrup with codine, among others,” he added.
Idris who regretted the challenges the agency had in arraigning suspects following COVID-19 pandemic, disclosed that the agency secured 11 convictions from the previous arrest.
He explained that the operations of the agency were restricted to specialized operations during the period under review ocassioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expressing delight over significant improvement recorded by the agency within the period under review, the NDLEA boss calling on the people of the state to assist the agency in the fight against illicit drugs by providing timely
information to the Command.
He also assured the people of the state of the Command’s commitment to reducing the demand and supply of illicit drugs in the state.