The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Nasarawa State says it has arrested 49 people in the 13 local government areas and 18 development areas of the state for allegedly dealing in illicit drugs.
The body said it recovered from the suspects 93.76kg of cannabis sativa, tramadol weighing 225mg, valium (D5) weighing 1.5kg and rohypnol weighing 500 grams.
The state Commandant of the NDLEA, Mr Justice Arinze, revealed this at a press conference in Lafia on Friday.
He said they arrested the suspects between July 2018 and June 2019.
Arinze said, “A total of 98.067kg of narcotic drugs was seized within the period while 49 drug barons were arrested.
“Thirty-nine were successfully convicted at the Federal High Court, Lafia. The counselling programme rehabilitated 245 users.”
However, he lamented high rates of drug abuse in the state.
The NDLEA chief said because the ban on codeine was effective abusers had switched over to other psychoactive substances with a dramatic increase in the number of addicts counselled and rehabilitated.
He said drug free clubs had been established in some secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the state.
Arinze said the aim of this year’s United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 was to sensitise the public to the twin challenges of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the state.