*Nabs 103 suspects in Bayelsa

By  Austin Ogwuda and Samuel Oyadongha
A combined team of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, and Police has impounded 15 tonnes of weeds, suspected to be Indian hemp estimated at about N45 million at Abbi, in Delta State.

In a related development,  the Bayelsa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, weekend, said its men intercepted a total of 195.92kg of drugs last year in different parts of the state with 103 suspects arrested.

Among the impounded drugs were 82.3grms of cocaine, 39 sachets of psychotropic substance and 8.3kg of indian hemp concealed in bags of dried pepper.

Speaking in Asaba, Delta State Commander of the NDLEA, Sani Sani, told newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Ogwashi-Uku, that the command was able to achieve the feat through a tip off from a public spirited Nigerian.

He said that the hideouts and warehouses in Abbi community, where the weeds were concealed were raided and two trailers used to evacuate them to the command’s headquarters at Ogwashi Uku. A female suspect was found with 200 kilograms of the weeds alone.

In Bayelsa, the state NDLEA boss, Frank Hanachor, who spoke to newsmen,  said two persons were also arrested with multiple voters’ card in their possession and had been transferred to the relevant agency.

According to the anti-drug agency boss, a total number of eighty persons associated with hard drugs in the state were counseled last year by the agency.

Lamenting the harm being done to society by drug trafficking and consumption, he noted that among the drug suspects being prosecuted at the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, were 17 females.

He, however, regretted that only one suspect was convicted last year due to long adjournments of matters in the court. He also  decried the high consumption of hard drugs in the state.

He explained that the agency’s responsibility also involved counseling of drug users to enable them disengage from the act, added that “grug consumption affects the economy while users are prone to violence.”

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