NEDU MARK, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Command of the National drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has nabbed fourteen persons, including four women for peddling hard drugs and other illicit substances in the state.
NDLEA said a total of 116.33kg of various types of drug exhibits comprising Cannabis Sativa, heroin and cocaine were recovered from suspects.
The command said the 14 notorious suspects were arrested in the month of July, 2015 across the state capital.
Spokesman of the Command, Superintendent Ikenna Osakwe, Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, NDLEA gave the names of the female arrested suspects as Blessing Friday, aged 40 was arrested along the East-West road while ferrying 113.9kg of compressed cannabis in an unmarked petroleum tanker.
Another suspect Mercy Bright, aged 26 was arrested with various quantities of heroin and cannabis, while Williams Wunukune, male, 57yrs, aka Baba Eko was arrested while in possession of 1.1kg of cannabis.
The Command while assuring that it is ever vigilant and poised to arrest illegal drug dealers and traffickers in the state, advised residents of the city to be vigilant and monitor persons and activities in their communities.
“There should be no hesitation in reporting illegal drug activities to the State Command for prompt action,” Osakwe said.
It would be recalled that the command only last month arrested 74 drug suspects for peddling various prohibited drug substances in the state.
The command said among the culprits include ten women and 64 male adults, adding that the suspects would soon be prosecuted.
The Commander, NDLEA Bayelsa state, Barr. Josephine Ruth Obi, gave the breakdown of hard drugs recovered from suspects in the month of June as Cocaine, 74 grams, Heroin 10.8 grams, Cannabis 134.82 kilogram and psychotropic substance as 1.837 kilograms, totalling 136.742 kilograms
She also described Bayelsa state as a drug consumption state as these drugs are not produced here, neither is it transit route to any other state.
“Narcotics, drugs and psychotropic substances have severe negative physical, psychological and social consequence have become popular among our youths in particular and other aged groups in general,” Obi said.