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68 suspected drug peddlers arrested

08 November 2013, 09:32

Maiduguri - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Borno had arrested 68 suspected drug peddlers and seized over 4.96 tonnes of illicit drug substances from January to November this year.

The Commandant, Ona Ogilegwe, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Maiduguri that the suspects were arrested during different raids and mop-up operations conducted by the agency.

He said illicit substances, including cannabis, rephenol, cough syrup, diazepam, cocaine and heroin, were seized from the drug traffickers.

He added that the agency had secured 12 convictions and counselled 39 suspects, while 17 others were awaiting trial.

Ogilegwe said two of the suspects were arrested on Wednesday at Trailer Park in the Bulunkutu area of the state with 2.2 tonnes of cannabis sativa, popularly known as Indian hemp.

He said the arrest was the highest in the history of NDLEA in the state, noting that the suspects were arrested following intelligence report by men of the command from Edo.

"The arrest led to the discovery of a drug factory in Pompomari area along Baga Road in Maiduguri,’’ he said.

He pointed out that when men of the command mopped up the drug factory, they discovered large quantity of cannabis sativa but no arrest was made. (NAN)

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