The Edo State Command, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said it has arrested a total of 262 suspected drug traffickers in 2020.
The agency also seized 15,253.82 kilograms of narcotics including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and tramadol within the period under review.
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Speaking with journalists Wednesday in Benin, the State Commander, Buba Wakawa, said the command made the arrest and seizure despite the COVID-19 lockdown and destruction of its headquarters during the #End-SARS protest in the state.
He said the arrested suspects include 180 males and 82 females, adding that 10 vehicles used in smuggling illicit drugs were equally impounded within the period under review.
“Fifteen cannabis plantations measuring 11.82 hectares were destroyed; 86 drug-dependent persons were successfully counselled, and reunited with their families.
He added that eight drug traffickers were convicted while 220 cases were pending at the Federal High Court within the period under review.
The commander noted that the various modes of drug concealment adopted by drug barons include the use of silos, underground tunnels, cannabis warehouses as well as false compartments in trucks, buses and cars.