Three suspects, Lucky Emmanuel (40), Enunwuune Snu (46), and Jacob Efedeye (32), have been taken into custody by the Delta State Police for allegedly having three cartons carrying four hundred sachets of tramadol and one hundred bottles of codeine.
The command's spokesman, DSP Bright Edafe, revealed this to reporters, stating that the hard drugs were found on the suspects after they were apprehended in Asaba in a Toyota Hiace.
He further revealed that Fedelis Akpos, a 23-year-old member of the Ewhu community in Ughelli South LGA, was taken into custody on the Kwale-Ogwashi-Uku Motorway while riding in a commercial Sienna bus. Inside the bus was a polythene bag that contained smoked fish and a concealed weapon that was made locally.
Meanwhile, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has revealed that in 2023, a total of 15 drug kingpins were convicted, collectively receiving 168 years of imprisonment.
Brig. Gen. Mohamed Marwa (retd), the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, made this announcement during an awards and commendations ceremony at the agency's national headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
Marwa disclosed that the agency successfully prosecuted and convicted 3,412 offenders out of 5,570 charged to court in 2023.
The total arrests numbered 13,664, resulting in the seizure of 1,606,799.09 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs.
In addition to the convictions, the NDLEA intensified its efforts against cannabis farms, executing seven major operations that led to the discovery and destruction of over 206 hectares of cannabis plantations.
The NDLEA's relentless efforts in combating drug trafficking and abuse underscore its commitment to safeguarding public health and promoting a drug-free society.