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NDLEA arrests 148 suspected drug traffickers

25 June 2013, 10:05

Ilorin - The Kwara Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Segun Oke, said the command arrested 148 suspected drug traffickers and confiscated 898kg of illegal drugs.

Oke, who said this at a press briefing in Ilorin, added that the arrest and confiscation was in the last 12 months.

The briefing was part of activities marking the 2013 International Day against Illicit Drug Trafficking and Abuse.

According to him, 18 of those arrested had been convicted, 178 counselled and 28 others were undergoing one form of rehabilitations or the other with the command.

Oke said 139 were male while nine others were female.

He said of the drugs seized, 546.328kg were cannabis sativa and 352.387kg the new psychoactive substances.

"The arrest and seizures were made in the 60 operation patrols carried out between July 2012 and June 2013,” Oke said.

The commander, however, noted that most of illicit drugs were seized on the highways because of the peculiar location of the state.

He said the quantity of illegal drug confiscated within towns and communities in the state was not much.

Oke explained that UN Office on Drug and Crimes selected the theme to launch campaign to raise awareness about new global drug problem.

He described the new psychoactive substances as chemical substances that affected the brain, caused changes in behaviour, mood and consciousness.

While the drugs were used therapeutically to treat physical and psychological disorder, Oke said the substances were also used recreationally to alter mood, perceptions and consciousness.

"On the other hand, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are sometimes referred to as legal highs and are multiplying in number and becoming more widespread geographically as well as causing more concern as efforts to contain them are getting more difficult,” he said.

 - NAN

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