The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Gombe State Command, said on Thursday that it arrested 86 suspects with 1,293.424 kilogrammes of hard drugs between January and November.
Aliyu Adole, NDLEA Commandant in the state disclosed this in Gombe while briefing newsmen on the activities of the agency. Adole said that 46 of the arrested suspects had been convicted while 40 still have their cases pending. He added that the command also arrested 14 clients who were eventually sick, “We have released them to their families after undergoing rehabilitation,” he said.
According to him, the agency’s operatives arrested 102 suspects with 444.986 kilogrammes last year. The commandant said: “This year, we have 1,293.424 kg of hard drugs seized from Gombe. “It is like this because we are able to burst the syndicate of individual farmers who are busy planting Indian hemp in their villages bordering southern part of the state. We also intercepted 831.78kg of psychotropic substances. With this quantity, you can see that we are moving forward,” he said. If you ask one or two people they will tell you that they are selling drugs to get money to feed their children,” he said.
He said that following the command’s new mode of operation, which took them into farm lands, the agency confiscated more drugs in 2017 than it did in 2016.