NDLEA arrests 619 suspected drug traffickers in Kano


The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said on Friday the agency arrested 619 suspected drug traffickers in Kano State in 2017.

The state Commandant of the agency, Alhaji Hamza Umar, disclosed this at a news conference organised by the command in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations.

Umar said the suspects were arraigned before the Federal High Court in the state where 165 of them were sentenced to various prison terms.

According to him, the command also intercepted more than 17.1 tons of illicit drugs across the state, including over 344.9 grams of cocaine and over 88.2 grams of heroin, within the period under review.

“From January to date, we also intercepted over 5.5 tons of Canabis and over 11 tons of Rochi,” the NDLEA commandant said.

He said the agency counselled 282 drug users arrested with illicit drugs for their personal consumption and rehabilitated over 44 users in the state.