Wednesday, 28 June 2017

NDLEA apprehends 280 drug suspects in Cross River

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Cross River has arrested 280 suspected drug peddlers in the last one year.

The NDLEA Commander in the state, Mrs. Anthonia Edeh, stated this on Wednesday at a news conference to commemorate the 2017 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking is celebrated every June 26.

Edeh said the command also seized 613,709kg of cannabis sativa, 75.9g of cocaine, 92.3g of heroin, 349.8g of tramadol, 100kg of ephedrine and 76.05kg of methamphetamine.

“The command secured 31 convictions at the Federal High Court, Calabar, for drug-related offences.

“We also uncovered and destroyed three hectares of cannabis sativa at Balep Forest in Ikom local government area of the state,’’ the NDLEA official said.

Edeh said the command counselled 194 persons comprising 80 males and 14 females across the 18 local government areas of the state, as part of efforts to reduce drug-related offences.

She described drug abuse as a huge threat to humanity.


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