The agency arrested 191 male and 53 female drug suspects in 2013
The Bayelsa Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Frank Hanacho, has said the agency arrested 244 drug suspects and seized 223.16 kilograms of hard drugs in 2013.
Mr. Hanacho told reporters in Yenagoa on Tuesday that the suspects included 191 males and 53 females.
The Commander explained that the agency seized 132.73 kilograms of various hard drugs in 2012 and arrested 219 suspects.
“A comparison of the statistics of arrests and seizures for 2012 and 2013 showed that in 2012, a total of 132.730kg of various hard drugs were seized while in 2013, 223.168kg of various hard drugs were confiscated.
“While a grand total of 219 suspects were arrested in 2012, a grand total of 249 suspects were arrested in 2013. This shows a marked increase in the rate of arrests and seizures by the state command,” he said.
The Commander also announced the arrest of a 23-year-old suspected drug dealer, Loveday Eferebo, on Sunday in Yenagoa.
“Loveday Eferebo as of the time of his arrest was found to be in possession of 39 grammes of cocaine as well as drug distribution paraphernalia including a drug weighing scale machine, amongst others,” he said.
Mr. Hanacho warned all drug dealers or would-be drug dealers that the state would have no hiding space for them in 2014.
He advised them to withdraw from such illegal and nefarious trade and assured of the agency’s commitment to make the state drug-free.