The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has disclosed that no fewer than 38 suspected drug dealers were arrested during its raid in Bayelsa state, impounding 29.751 kilogrammes of illicit drugs from them last month.
According to NDLEA, the illicit drugs seized from the suspects comprised cannabis sativa, psychotropic substances, heroin and cocaine.
The command’s Principal Staff Officer and Superintendent of Narcotics, Osakwe Ikenna, gave the figure in a statement obtain by in Yenagoa on Wednesday.
Ikenna stated that the suspects included 26, male adults and 12, female offenders, adding that statistics of arrest and seizure investigations showed high rate of abuse of psychotropic substances especially tramadol by both old and young people in communities across Bayelsa.
The NDLEA official, who expressed concern over the high rate of abuse of tramadol in the state by women and youths, said the command successfully counseled more than 25 substance dependent persons in Bayelsa in last three months.
According to him, the trend in the consumption of tramadol and other psychotropic substances in the state was alarming.
He said that the State Commander of the agency, Abdullahi Abdul, would convene stakeholders meetings and rallies to sensitise the residents on the dangers of consumption of illicit drugs.
Ikenna appealed to parents and guardians in the state to keep watch over the activities of their children and wards to ensure that they were not misled or pressured into illegal drug use.