The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Edo Command said it arrested 36 suspects comprised of 31 males and five females, across the state for alleged illicit drug trafficking in January.
This was disclosed by the State Commander of the agency, Mr Buba Wakawa on Wednesday in Benin.
He noted that, “Between January 1st to 31st, a total of 1, 350.811 kilogrammes of substances suspected to be cannabis sativa/psychotropic substances were seized by the command.
“The 636.136 kilogrammes of suspected cannabis sativa were seized from suspects, while 286.108 kilogrammes of the suspected substances seized were abandoned.
“The command also seized 289.522 kilogrammes of suspected psychotropic substances, as well as 0.044 kilogrammes of substance suspected to be cocaine with suspects.”
Wakawa said that 0.005 kilogrammes of suspected cocaine was also seized as abandoned, while 0.018 kilogrammes of the suspected heroin was seized from the suspects.
“We also seized 0.009 kilogrammes of suspected methamphetamine substance as abandoned, and 5.566 kilogrammes of cookies suspected to be made with cannabis,” he said.
He said, “0. 883 kilogrammes suspected to be cannabis chocolate chips and 999 bottles of suspected codeine-based syrup weighing 134.865 kilogrammes were seized within the period under review.
“Others include 4,000 Amp of Pentazocine injections weighing 16. 64 kilogrammes, and six vehicles used for the crime were also seized.”
The commander added that the command secured two convictions within the period under review, while 29 cases were pending at the Federal High Court in Benin. He assured that the command would not rest until the state was completely rid of illicit drug trafficking.