By Benson Ezugwu
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Cross River Command arrested 180 persons for drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in 2018.
The State NDLEA Commander, Mrs Anthonia Edeh, made this known in the command’s 2018 Annual Report released in Calabar on Monday.
Edeh said that within the period under review, a total of 251.552 kilogrammes of Cannabis Sativa (Indian hemp) were seized from suspects.
“Also 30.90 grammes of Cocaine; 14.80 grammes of Heroin and 22.5 kilogrammes of Psychotropic substances were seized, ” she said.
The commander said that within the period under review, 51 drug offenders were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment ranging from six months to 10 years by the Federal High Court, Calabar Division.
According to her, 71 drug addicts comprising 64 males and seven females were counselled and reintegrated with their families.
She attributed the successes recorded by the command in the year under review to the support and cooperation of the Cross River Government and members of the public.
“We need more of such support from the government and well-meaning citizens of the state in tackling drug menace in our society,’’ Edeh said.
The commander decried the rising cases of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the state, especially among the youth.
She, however, called on parents to always insist on knowing the movement of their wards.
Edeh also appealed to members of the public to furnish the agency with information about those involved in the sale of hard drugs and psychotropic substances in their neighborhood. (NAN)