NDLEA apprehends 29 suspected drug traffickers in Edo

Edo state command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) announced its arrest of 29 persons suspected to be involved drug trafficking.

The state commander of the agency, Mr Buba Wakawa, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Benin on Tuesday.

Wakawa said they arrested 23 males and six females suspects in November.

He said that the suspects were in possession of about 3,756.82 kilo grammes of narcotics at the time of their arrests.

According to the commander, the bulk of the seized drugs consisted of cannabis commonly referred to as marijuana.

The commander noted that one of the suspects said the love for money led him into the criminal act.

“I was a commercial motorcyclist until things became very bad; that I could not afford my house rent and even feeding.

“A friend of mine took me to Sobe to farm cannabis. He said that I will make enough money to settle myself and my family. However, my story is different.

“The first year was poor and the second year, thieves and bush fire destroyed my harvest.

“This year, I decided to bring my harvest home; but unfortunately NDLEA officers arrested me and seized my drug,” the commander quoted the suspect to have said.

He said that the suspect from Ondo State and married with a child; and found in possession of 684 kilogrammes of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis.

The Edo commander also disclosed that the state command had inaugurated a Special Patrol Squad; to tackle illicit cases of drug trafficking and abuse.

He explained that the strategic approach was aimed at intensifying surveillance operations; to cut off illicit movement of narcotics as we approach the end of year festive season.

Ng daily

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