The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ebonyi State Command, said it has arrested 65 persons for their alleged involvement in drug peddling and racketeering between January and April 2019.
It would be recalled that no fewer than five suspects were arrested at the weekend and three bags of suspected 3.8 kg cannabis impounded when officials of the Agency raided a community town hall located at Amaike Ezzangbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, the state deputy commander in-charge of Intelligence and Operations, Mr Ibrahim Bashir, made the disclosure in Abakaliki when officials from the Agency sealed off a Community town hall that served as warehouse for cannabis and other related drugs.
He disclosed that 15 of the suspects were prosecuted within the last three months.
He said that officials of the Agency raided the community hall in Amaike Ezzangbo and recovered three bags of cannabis and other exhibits while five suspects were arrested and interrogated.
Mr Bashir said that the key suspect, Mr Amadi Chukwuma, m, 35yrs, was held in the custody of the Agency in addition to the exhibits.
According to him, the Agency has been gathering intelligence, and we have been operating in that direction.
“The town hall we raided is a community hall named “Amadi Palace-Amaike Ezzangbo”, the community allowed the hall to be used for drug activities.
“Two days ago, we raided the place, and in the process, 3.8 kg of cannabis was recovered from one of the rooms inside the hall.”
He opined, ”those that had no questions to answer, after interrogation were released but the main suspect is here with us.”
The director said that the suspect would soon be charged to court for prosecution.
In an interview, one of the suspects, Mr Amadi Chukwuma m, 35yrs, who hails from Amaeke Ezamgbo Ohaukwu local government area of the state, pleaded guilty to the charge.
The suspect said that officials of the Agency, maintaining that he embarked on the business in July 2018, arrested him in his residence.
“I was arrested in my house while selling hard drugs, it is one of the drivers that brought the cannabis for me from Afikpo, I am not a trouble person.
“We were four doing the business, we don’t have sponsors, people we buy drugs from send them to us for sale in large numbers.”
The suspect pleaded with the authorities of the Agency to be lenient with and pardon him.
Exhibits recovered from the suspect include three bags of cannabis.
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