Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki
The Ebonyi State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said on Tuesday it has arrested 43 males and 4 females for drug peddling and other drug-related offences within the first quarter of 2016 in the state.
The Commander of the agency, Barr. Raph Igwenagu, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, noted that though the state ranks low in cases of drug trafficking, most of the offenders were arrested in possession of cocaine.
Igwenagu who spoke through his Public Relations Officer, Mr. Silas Orji, said the Command had taken possession of about 170.500 kilogrammes of different types of drugs, including cocaine, from suspects arrested by the Command.
The Commander noted that 18 drug dealers had so far been convicted, 15 were counseled while 3 others are still undergoing various stages of rehabilitation.
He stated that the Command in a bid to reduce the menace of drug abuses and trafficking had been carrying out sensitization programmes to schools and other institutions across the state.
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