Yenagoa - The Bayelsa Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Sunday said it arrested 185 suspects and seized 247 kg of illegal drugs in the state in 2014.
Reviewing the agency’s operations in Yenagoa, Frank Hanachor, the State NDLEA Commander, also said the agency secured 25 convictions in the year under review.
The commander declined to disclose the value of the drugs haul.
He however reiterated the resolve of NDLEA to win the war against drug trafficking and use in Bayelsa.
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Hanachor said a 53-year-old woman was arrested in possession of 20.9 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa, while two other suspects
were arrested with 58kg and 10.3kg of the same drug respectively.
"Another suspect was arrested with 1.4g of substances suspected to be cocaine while two others were apprehended with 28.3kg of cannabis sativa,’’ he said.
The NDLEA official said the suspects could have been taken to court but for the ongoing strike by judiciary workers.
"As soon as they resume duties in the state, the suspects will be arraigned in court,’’ he said.
Hanachor warned Bayelsa residents against dealing in or using illicit drugs, saying they could only damage their lives and gain no benefits.