By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”No fewer than 86 drug barons and traffickers of cocaine, heroin and Indian hemp in Rivers State have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms while many other suspects of drug-related offences are currently standing trial at the Federal High Court in the state.
On the whole, 266 suspects were arrested for drug trafficking between June 2008 and 2009, following which 2, 766 kgs. of hard drugs, out of which 620.9 grams was cocaine, 140.4 heroin and 2,763.4 kilograms was cannabis sativa, (Indian hemp).
Giving the breakdown in Port Harcourt, last weekend, commander of the state National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mr. Adamu Eieege,Â said 40 women were among the 266 drug dealers that were picked up by the agency during the period.
Eieege, who met in the city with stakeholders, students, and a cross section of the public in commemoration of the UN International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, said the outfit was propelled in carrying out its duties by â€œspeedy and meticulousâ€ approach.
He said, â€œthose prosecuted and jailed often lose their possessions, which were acquired with the proceeds of drug.
One potent strategy of incapacitating drug barons and combating drug trafficking is by seizure and forfeiture of all movable and immovable proceeds of this illicit business.â€