The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested 134 suspects for various drug-related offences in Enugu State in 2022, the agency said on Wednesday.
Out of that number, 87 suspects were convicted while 54 cases are pending.
Anietie Idim, the NDLEA Enugu State commander, who made the disclosure during a press conference in Enugu on Wednesday, said over 1,515 kilograms of banned substances were confiscated within the period.
A breakdown showed that the drugs seized include Cannabis Sativa, 1,449.72kg; Methamphetamine, 1.191kg; Tramadol, 3.129kg; Exol 5, 9.755kg; and Diazepam, 50.25kg.
Other seized drugs are Cocaine 58.92 grams, Phynol 49.09 grams, Pethidine 700 grams, and Pentazone 450 grams
“The NDLEA has been able to push the twin problems of drug trafficking to the public domain in a manner that virtually every citizen, non-government organization, civil society and government agency are now alive to these problems,” Idim said.
He said the agency has continued to render effective and efficient service to Nigerians by cutting off supply of illicit drugs, reducing the demand for illicit drugs and other substance of abuse, tracing and recovering drug-related proceeds, and contributing to the creation and maintenance of an enviable image for Nigeria throughout the world.
“We will continue to raise a standard against the influx of Illicit drugs. The increased quantity of seized drugs reinforces the efficacy of our drug suppression strategies. Let me sincerely appreciate the military, police and all law enforcement agencies in the state for their cooperation/synergy during the period in view,” he stated.