National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo State has arrested 252 suspected drug dealers and traffickers in nine months.
The state commander, Buba Wakawa, disclosed this yesterday through the assistant commander of narcotics, in charge of media and advocacy, Ondoimi Bebetu, in Benin.
He said the suspects were arrested between January and September.
Bebetu said the arrested suspects who were considered users were counselled and released to their loved ones, adding that the law permits the agency to do so.
He said, “From January till date, NDLEA has arrested 252 suspected drug traffickers and peddlers in the state. Some of them have been jailed, some are still in court while others have been counselled.
“We go to hotels and recreational centres where young boys and girls hide to traffic drugs. The suspects are usually questioned to know those who are dealers, drug peddlers and users.”
He said though the drug war in Edo State has been very challenging the agency has been doing its best to curtail drug use and supply drug chain in the state
He added, “Some of the commonest drugs from these dealers are cannabis, tramadol, cocaine, heroin, colorado and codeine syrup. The users sniff this drug, sometimes cook or chew them raw while they smoke the dried one, and swallow tramadol,” he added.