The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has revealed that it arrested 42 suspected drug dealers between July 2016 and June 2017 in Nasarawa state.
Ethan Sumaila, the state commander of the agency, said on Tuesday in Lafia, that 700 kilogrammes of illicit drug, mainly cannabis sativa and Indian hemp, were seized.
He said this during an activities to mark the 2017 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
He added that 39 of the traffickers were convicted, while three cases were on-going at the High court in Lafia.
“We also rehabilitated 171 drug users within the period through the aggressive counseling programme of the agency.
“Most of those rehabilitated were arrested by the agency, while some were voluntarily brought in by their guardians.
“Currently, we have two young men in our facility who were brought in by their parents,’’ and said that counselling and rehabilitation remained the best remedy, given the low rate of relapse.
He said that cases rate of drug trafficking dipped within the period and attributed situation to the high rate of convictions.
“NDLEA’s efforts towards eradicating the scourge of drug trafficking and abuse have been effective, but we shall not relent until the menace is reduced to the barest minimum,” he said.