The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 65 suspected drug traffickers and seized 4,582.57 kilograms of suspected drugs.
According to Pulseng, the State Commander of the Agency, Mr Buba Wakawa confirmed the arrest saying that 39 males and 26 females between ages 15 to 65 years had been arrested and that the arrests and seizures were made between July and September 2019.
The commander said that most of the suspects arrested were from Edo and Delta, noting that 35 of the suspects representing 53.85 per cent were from Edo while 13 others representing 20 per cent were from Delta.
He explained that in July, 28 suspects were arrested with 442.61kg of suspected illicit drugs while 11 suspects were arrested in August with 452.36kg and in September, 26 suspects were arrested with 3,687.60kg of suspected illicit drugs.
Wakawa said that substance suspected to be Cannabis with a total weight of 4,561.57kg accounted for the bulk of the seizures while 1.02kg of psychotropic substance was also seized.
He said that about 24 drug dependent persons were successfully counseled by the command during the period under review.
Wakawa reaffirmed that the command would continue to work very hard to reduce the problem of drug production, trafficking and abuse in the state.