By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa
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.
A 23 year old man who was conveying the cannabis concealed in bags of dried pepper was nabbed by narcotic officers at a check point along the along the East-West road.
The state NDLEA boss, Frank Hanachor who disclosed this to newsmen in Yenagoa said two persons were also were 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.
Hanachor while lamenting the harm being done to society by drug trafficking and consumption 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 even as he decried the high consumption of hard drugs in the stat.
Hanachor who explained that the agency’s responsibility also involved counseling of drug users to enable them disengage from the act said “Drug consumption affects the economy. Drug users are prone to violence, when there is violence, people relocate to other places. We do not only arrest peddlers of drugs, we also arrest the users.”
He urged residents of the state to give vital information to assist its operatives in fishing out drug users and peddlers in their midst assuring that the identity of such informants would treated with secrecy.
He also pleaded with the state government to provide the agency with befitting office complex as well as patrol vehicles and water crafts to help enhance its operations both on land in the coastal areas.