The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Benue command says it has arrested a total of 245 drug suspects and seized 5020 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian hemp in the last year.
State Commander of the Agency, Florence Ezeonye disclosed this at the weekend during a press briefing to mark this year’s United Nations Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
A futher breakdown indicates that 231 were males while 14 were females.
She futher explained that the seized Indian hemps contained 385 kilograms of Psychotropic substances and 62,254 milliliters of Codeine based syrups.
Ezeonye said three locally made pistols as well as one pump action gun with five pieces of live ammunition were also recovered from the suspects.
The Command has equally rehabilitated and counselled 108 clients some of whom they say came willingly while others were brought into the facility by families and friends.
Ezeonye also observed that some of the risk factors which predisposes people to getting involved in illicit use of drugs and trafficking are now on the rise adding that drug addiction is to a great extent a psychiatric illness which can change the brain and affect the normal hierarchy of needs and desires