NDLEA seizes 646kg hard drugs, arrests 60 suspects in Imo



Imo Command the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 646kg hard drugs and arrested 60 suspected drug traffickers from January to June, 2021.


NDLEA Commander in Imo, Mr Nse Inam, disclosed this in Owerri on Friday during activities marking the Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking.


The day was set aside by the UN General Assembly through resolution 42/112 Dec. 7, 1987 to reawaken consciousness nations on the major that drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking represented to society.


The theme for 2021 is: “Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives”.


Inam, who thanked Gov. Hope Uzodimma for his unalloyed support for the agency,  harped on the need to tackle drug trafficking and abuse as panacea to facing the state and the country.


He listed the seized drugs to include cannabis sativa, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Tramadol.


He said that the Federal Government’s Special Boarder Task Force transferred 4,784kg cannabis sativa to the command.


He added that the command secured eight convictions, counselled 47 drug users, admitted 15 drug addicts, two whom were successfully rehabilitated and discharged while five were terminated for various reasons.


He also said that drug education and  sensitisation were carried out in secondary schools, churches, the Imo State campus as well as at the office the Nigerian Navy, Owerrinta.


He restated the command’s commitment to reduction drug trafficking and abuse to the barest minimum and called for cooperation from relevant stakeholders.


 “Now that normalcy is gradually returning to the state we hope to resume our activities in gear with a view to ensuring that Imo is not a safe haven for illicit drug activities.


 “We will beam our searchlight on patent medicine dealers so that they do not continue as active channels for the sale Illicit substances.


 “We will go after  assets illicit drug users and those who allow their property  to be used for illicit business.


“To achieve this, we solicit more cooperation from community and religious leaders, parents, guardians, the media and indeed all Imo people,” he said. (NAN)