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27 Suspects convicted by NDLEA in Ebonyi

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Ruth Oginyi

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ebonyi state command says about 27 persons have been convicted in the State between January and September this year.

The command also said that the agency seized a total of 179.102 kilograms of different illicit drugs within the period under review.

The State Commander, of the Agency, Iyke Uche disclosed this to journalists in Abakaliki, the state capital.

He said the seizures were made in different areas in Ebonyi, including the hinterland.

That the confiscated drugs include: cannabis Sativa, tramadol, Flunitrazepam, Tramadol, Methamphetamine, popularly known as “Mkpurummiri, and other illicit substances.

Mr. Uche lamented the high rate of drug abuse among persons in the state and said that such dangerous substances could harm the health of a user.

His words, “We have recorded tremendous successes from January to September; we have seized over 179.102 kilograms of different illicit drugs from dealers.

“Though, Ebonyi is not a drug-producing state; there are no laboratories and drug plantations but they consume them at a low rate. There are dealers but very low.

“In the period under review on the seizure of drugs, cannabis Sativa is 12.906 kilograms; designer drug, 0.023, Flunitrazepam 0.023 amongst others,” he explained.

The command assured that the agency’s operatives in the State were determined to fight drug abuse and trafficking.

He lauded the support of the state government and expressed satisfaction with the synergy between the NDLEA and other security agencies in the state.

“The fight against drug abuse and trafficking should not be left in the hands of the NDLEA alone; parents should always monitor their children.

“We are working with the state government and other stakeholders to tackle drug abuse, including the abuse of methamphetamine, popularly known as mkpurummiri,’’.

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