Nicholas Kalu, Abuja
CHAIRMAN and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col Muhammad Abdallah (rtd) has stated the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the agency has intercepted 1.115 tons of Cannabis Sativa at its outpost in Gwagwalada. It was concealed in a truck with registration quantity KBT 391 XA, col. Abdallah stated.
He stated 179 drug merchants had been also arrested.
Speaking when the Wuse Zone 4 Traders Association, paid him an appreciation take a look at at the NDLEA headquarters in Abuja yesterday, Abdallah stated they had been determined to sustain present efforts aimed at stopping the influx of drugs into the FCT.
According to him, element of their approaches in this regard was the strengthening of their vigilance at the entry points to the FCT such that drug consignments on transit are intercepted even ahead of they are moved into the city.
The Chairman also stated that in partnership with other law enforcement agencies they had launched “Operation Shara” exactly where they deployed a specific squad that went into aggressive intelligence gathering, round-the-clock patrols and sting operations and the outcome has brought respite to the residents of the FCT.
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This specific operation, which lasted 3 months from July to October and carried out in two phases led to the arrest of important drug merchants with seizure of sizeable quantities of drugs, he stated.
“Under the Phase 1, 48 suspects had been arrested and 496 kilograms of cannabis had been seized. Other substances recovered had been 63 cartons containing five,161 bottles of Cough Syrup with Codeine, a pharmaceutical drug of abuse, eight.two grams of Cocaine, Rhophylo, Roche, Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol five. Also recovered was 19,804 fake US Dollars.
“The second phase of the operation led to the arrest of 131 suspects and seizures of 74.700 kilograms of many substances such as Cannabis sativa and prescription drugs of abuse such as cough syrup with Codeine, Rhaphynol, Exol, Tramadol, Pentazocine,” he stated.
He reinstated the agency’s position on zero tolerance drug activities anyplace in the nation, saying they had been determined to do extra.
He stated the successes they have been capable to record was as a outcome of the synergy in between law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.
“This would not have been feasible with no the invaluable intelligence hints from the many groups resident in the respective places. I want to thank you and urge you to continue to volunteer information and facts that can help us to combat drug activities of criminals.