The Oyo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has prosecuted no fewer than 23 drug offenders from January 2022 to date.
The State Commander of the agency, Abdullahi Saeed, said this in Ibadan on Friday while addressing newsmen against the backdrop of the 2022 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The theme of the June 26 day is: “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crisis”.
Saeed said that the agency had arrested 159 suspected drug traffickers and offenders from January to date.
“From January 2022 to date, Oyo State Command of NDLEA conducted various raids in the city of Ibadan, towns and villages within the state.
”Patrols were also conducted both day and night along Lagos- Ibadan highway, Ibadan-Ife expressway as well as other busy roads within the state.
“These raids and patrols resulted in the arrest of a total of 159 suspects and a total seizure of 824.93 kg illicit drugs.
”They comprised cannabis sativa, cocaine, skoochies, amphetamine, tramadol and other psychotropic substances,’’ he said.
According to him, it is pertinent to state here that we are witnessing a new abusive substance in the state which is called skoochies.
“Skoochies is a mixture of variety of drugs prepared to give high effect on the users.
“It is usually cannabis, tramadol and hot drinks mixed and soaked together in water from which shots are taken,” Saeed said.