The Bayelsa State command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday said it arrested 215 suspected drug traffickers and confiscated 219.999 kgs of illicit drugs in the state in 2016.
The command’s Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, Superintendent Osakwe Ikenna, in an electronic statement said 164 of the suspects were males, while 51 were females.
Ikenna noted that the command secured 19 convictions and counseled 149 drug addicts.
He said: “At present, two residential clients are still undergoing rehabilitation.
The command equally carried out aggressive and far-reaching public enlightenment through lectures, radio and television programmes, print media, drug free clubs and collaboration with various groups, communities and associations.”
According to him in the last quarter of 2016, the command nabbed 39 suspects including 29 males and 10 females and seized 52.997 kgs of illicit drugs from traffickers in the state.