NDLEA arrests 76 hemp suspects in Anambra, seizes 7034.80kg illicit drugs


National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Anambra state on Tuesday said it has seized 7034.80kg of illicit drugs in the first quarter of the year as against 430 last year.

The Commander of the Agency in the state, Commander Mohammed Idris stated this in a chat with newsmen, said the agency also seized psychotropic substances such as methamphetamine weighing 0.0584kg as well as tramadol tablets weighing 17.335kg.

He said, “On assumption of office in November last year, I moved into action and confiscated 295.3624kg of cannabis sativa, 0.0740 kg of cocaine and 0.0102kg of heroin.

“76 suspects were arrested within the period under review, out of which 70 were
males while 6 were females.

“We secured 8 convictions, filed a total of 20 fresh cases and arraigned 6 suspects during the period.

“We had 135 cases pending at the Federal High Court,Awka as well as one case at Court of Appeal.

According to Idris, the agency did not only carry out arrest and prosecution of illicit drugs dealers, but also rendered services
such as counseling and rehabilitation of drug users.

Expressing appreciation to governor Willie Obiano for his assistance to the agency, the NDLEA boss warned illicit drug dealers in the state to desist from the act or face the full wrath of the law.

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