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Int’l day of drugs abuse and illegal trafficking: NDLEA in Adamawa seizes 4,732kg of hard drugs

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Int’l day of drugs abuse and illegal trafficking: NDLEA in Adamawa seizes 4,732kg of hard drugs

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The Adamawa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has confiscated 4,732.128 kilograms of hard drugs.

The illicit drugs, seized from across the state within the past year, include Cannabis sativa or Indian hemp; Methamphetamine, which goes by the street name Ice; Cocaine; Tramadol; Exol-5; Diazepam tablets; Codeine-based syrup; Rohypnol tablet; and Pentazocine injection.

Addressing newsmen in Yola, on Friday, at the beginning of a weeklong schedule of activities marking this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the state Commander of the NDLEA, Agboalu Samson, said the drug seizures which were recorded from June 2023 to May 2024, represents 75 percent increase over the seizures of the previous review year June 2022 to May 2023.

He said although the elements behind drug dealings have reduced in number in the state, the scale of drug dealings has increased.

The NDLEA Commander gave the example of a particular case in which operatives of the agency and sister agencies raided a house, found and seized 1,898 blocks of Cannabis sativa weighing 1,862 kilograms, equalling 1.9 tons.

He disclosed that in all within the year in view, his command arrested 454 suspected hard drug dealers comprising 447 males and seven females.

He said the command’s prosecution efforts yielded the conviction of 148 individuals comprising 145 males and three females.

“The highest sentences handed down were between 10 and five years imprisonment, with the least being six months,” he explained.

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