NDLEA seizes illegal drugs worth over N17m in Rivers

*The Rivers State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency confiscates over N17 million worth of cannabis, says both Abuja Estate and Slaughter areas of Port Harcourt are ‘very notorious spots for illicit drug peddling’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As part of its efforts at ridding the country nay state of illicit drugs, the Rivers State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has confiscated over N17 million worth of cannabis compressed into 23 bags weighing 621kg each in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

ConsumerConnect learnt Rachael Shelleng, Rivers State Commander of NDLEA, disclosed this while announcing the seizures at the Command in Port Harcourt Sunday, February 21.

Shelleng disclosed that 0.029kg of cocaine, 0.006kg of heroin, and 0.048kg of methamphetamine were also confiscated.

According to the NDLEA chief, three male suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizure and have been transferred to the Command Headquarters for further investigation.

She noted that in the early hours of February 20, based on high profile intelligence gathering, officers of the Command successfully uncovered a cannabis warehouse in Abuja Estate and slaughter areas of Tran-Amadi, in Port Harcourt.

Shelleng said: “Both Abuja Estate and Slaughter areas of Port Harcourt have been identified as very notorious spots for illicit drug peddling.

“Therefore, the agency will stop at nothing towards ensuring that those black spots and indeed, the entire state is cleared from illicit drugs.”

While enjoining the general public to avail the agency of actionable intelligence that would lead to riding the state of illicit drugs trade, she warned those who indulge in illicit production of methamphetamine to desist from the act.

The Commander further stated: “There will be no more hiding place for illicit drug dealers because the NDLEA is poised fishing them all out.

“The destructive effects of methamphetamine are quite enormous as it affects both users of the substance as well as non-user who may be residing around any clandestine laboratories.”

The Commander also attributed the successful operation to the commendable effort by Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd.), the new Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of agency.

“His (Marwa’s) effort is truly motivating officers to embark on offensive action against drug traffickers and dealers.”

She as well expressed appreciation to sister security agencies in the state, especially the Garrison Commander of 6 Division Nigerian Army, and the Rivers State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps for his support during the operation.

Shelleng urged the state government and relevant stakeholders to support the agency towards strengthening its logistics to enable it effectively tackle the illicit drug market in the state.

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