The Taraba State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 21 suspected drugs dealers, with a total seizure of 299.6 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs. Parading the suspects and the seized items in Jalingo yesterday, the agency’s commander in the state, Alhaji Suleiman Jadi, said that operatives of the command made the arrests from some flash points across the state.
He said the items seized include 239.9 kg of Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian hemp and 59.7kg of Psychotropic Substances, including 274 bottles of Codeine Syrups. He said so far, nine of the suspects had been charged to the Federal High Court in Jalingo while investigation was still ongoing on the remaining suspects. Jadi said the success was recorded within 40 days of his assumption in Taraba, after his transfer from Kebbi State, adding that the development followed various raids in some major flash points across the State.
“The raided areas include Gidin- Doruwa, in Wukari LGA, Road Block area, Forest, Kogin-Sarki, Kogin- Malam-Garba, Maijidda Plaza, Mayodasa, Sabongari, and Mile Six all in Jalingo.
“The raid operation is a continuous exercise in order to make Jalingo metropolis a drug-free society,” he said.
While appreciating the state government for its support in the area of logistics, the commander appealed to Governor Darius Ishaku to provide the command with a bigger facility that would house the staff and its rehabilitation programmes. “Currently our rehabilitee clients are taken to Bauchi State while some of our seized drugs are stored in Yola because our store in Jalingo is too small to accommodate the seized drugs,” he said.