The Bayelsa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) seized 66.4 kilograms of drugs and arrested 132 suspects between January and June 2013.

The Commander of the NDLEA, Frank Hanachor, who disclosed this while doing a stock-taking of the command as part of activities in Yenagoa to mark the World International Day Against Illicit Drugs, said the suspects comprised 106 males and 26 females.

Breaking down the half-year haul, Hanachor said it comprised heroine, 39 grammes; psychotropic substances, 366.6 grammes; and cannabis sativa 65.989 kilogrammes.

In addition to the arrests, he said the command also carried out public enlightenment and drug education in schools, as well as general counseling on the dangers of drug addiction and trafficking.

Hanachor expressed displeasure over the indisposition of the Ministries of Education and Ministry of Women Affairs in the state to accept the agency’s proposals for synergy on the problems of drug addiction and trafficking.

He stressed that the drug menace is a social problem that requires the collaboration of all stakeholders to tackle.
 

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