FCT NDLEA seizes N125.71m drugs in 2023 -Commander

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has intercepted 7,345.209Kg  of illicit drugs and substances worth N125.71 million in the Federal Capital Territory in 2023.

The NDLEA Commander in the territory, Mr Kabir Tsakuwa, said in an interview in Abuja on Sunday.

Tsakuwa named the various drugs intercepted as marijuana, cocaine, diazepam, methamphetamine, Rohypnol, tramadol, pentazocine, heroin, megadon, and ecstasy, among others.

Giving a breakdown of the seizures, the commander said a total of 7,138.72kg of marijuana was intercepted by operatives of the agency within the period under review.

He said other drugs seized in 2023 included 0.5kg of cocaine, 29.629kg of diazepam, 4.587kg of methamphetamine, 5.934 kg of alcohol, and 133.753kg of tramadol.

Tsakuwa added that the rest of the illicit drugs intercepted were pentazocine, weighing 21.727kg; heroin, 0.002kg; megadon, 0.263kg; and ecstasy, 0.134kg.

“All the illicit drugs and substances intercepted were with the street value of N125,714,620,” he said.

The NDLEA commander said 640 suspects, comprising 614 males and 26 females, were arrested within the period under review.

Tsakuwa said out of the number, 295 of the suspects were charged to court, and 201 of them were convicted, while 264 cases are pending in the Federal High Court, Abuja.

On rehabilitation, he said that within the year under review, 175 drug users were counselled and helped back into society, out of which 172 were males and three were females.


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