The NDLEA convicts 31 drug dealers in Edo state and arrests other 254
January 31, 2018 | Brainwave Science
The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) announced that they convicted 31 drug traffickers in 2017 in the state and arrested other 253.
“A total of 253 suspected traffickers were arrested by the command in 2017. This comprises 190 males and 63 females. Thirty-one drug dealers were convicted while about 136 cases were pending at the Federal High Court, Benin”, declared the state NDLEA Commander, Mr. Wakawa Buba. In addition to the arrests and convictions, during the past year, cannabis farms spread across 49.06 hectares were destroyed. The NDLEA also seized illicit drugs weighing 45,341.04 kg.
In the Edo state, drug consumption and abuse spreads continuously among the youth, determining young people still in school to drop out and affecting them with drug-induced illnesses. A lot of the criminal acts committed by youth were carried out when they were under the influence of drugs.
168 drug-dependent youth were counseled and rehabilitated, as the Edo state Command declared. Mr. Wakawa Buba also announced the future construction of a modern cottage rehabilitation center that will fight against drug addiction.
Drug trafficking and abuse is a worldwide threat. With so many complex illegal networks that are smuggling drugs across their country’s borders, more people are affected. Increased drug trade means increased health risks for victims and consumers, increased levels of violent crime such as homicides, and a diminished rule of law and the very political structures supporting it.
Many trafficking organizations have developed into versatile, loose networks that allow them to cooperate intermittently while being able to carry out illicit activities independently. The primary challenge for law enforcement is to collect valuable intelligence that can help them identify and disrupt the leaders of these drug trafficking networks.
The commander of Edo state identified inadequate logistics and funding as the major problem facing the command, saying that it was working very hard to reduce drug trafficking to the barest minimum in the state. The current investigatory techniques and methods are money and time consuming and are limited.
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