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C/River NDLEA seizes 2.05 tons drugs, arrests 223 suspects

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency command in Cross River State has reported the seizure of a total of 2.05 tons of hard drugs from drug peddlers during the period between January and December this year.

The state commander, Rachel Umebuali, who is also the Commander of Narcotics, disclosed this information during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Monday.

Umebuali provided details about the significant achievements, stating, “Between January and December, we seized a total of 2.05 tons of hard drugs from drug peddlers. This is part of our ongoing efforts to combat drug trafficking in the state.”

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The commander further revealed that the operation led to the arrest of 223 suspects connected to the seized hard drugs.

Among the suspects, 22 were females, and 201 were males. The seized hard drugs include Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Psychotropics.

Providing a breakdown of the seized substances, Umebuali stated, “We seized 1.64 tons of Cannabis, while Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Psychotropics accounted for 3.5 grams, 4.3 grams, 81.9 grams, and 410.24 kilograms, respectively.”

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While acknowledging the challenges faced by the command, including inadequate operational vehicles, inaccessible roads, and the impact of cultism and communal crises, Umebuali expressed satisfaction with the success achieved in the outgoing year.

She said, “Our operations are hampered primarily by inadequate operational vehicles, inaccessible and bad roads, especially during the rainy season, cultism and communal crisis.”

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The narcotics commander also mentioned that some of the arrested suspects had been charged to court, and the command secured convictions for some, while others were discharged and acquitted.

Looking ahead, Umebuali expressed optimism about improving the agency’s performance in the coming year, despite the challenges faced.

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