By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday described Anambra State as the den of drug trafficking, expressing worry that most dangerous drugs, including methamphetamine, were produced in the state.
State Commander of the Agency, Mr. Sule Momodu, said at a ceremony to mark the 2015 United Nations Day Against Illicit Drug Abuse and Trafficking, that this year alone, 122 drug suspects were arrested in the state.
He said that of the number, 114 were men, while eight were women, adding that there was need for a concerted effort to fight the scourge.
According to him, a total of 110.624kg of illicit drug were seized during the period under review, with cannabis sativa, popularly known as marijuana, topping with 107.26kg.
Other seizures, he said, were cocaine, (138.2 grams), heroine, (100.54grams,) liquid methamphetamine (2.615kg) and solid methamphetamine (510 grams).
The State Commander said the Agency also arraigned 22 suspects during the period, out of which eight convictions were obtained , while 28 fresh cases were filed .
He however expressed optimism that the Agency would fight drug abuse and trafficking in the state to a standstill and urged stakeholders to join hands in the war against the cankerworm.
“If the war against illicit drug use and trafficking is not won now, the scourge will take over society soonest”, he warned.