Pubdate: Sat, 26 Dec 2009
Source: Vanguard (Nigeria)
Copyright: 2009 Vanguard.
Author: Abdulsalam Muhammad
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has impounded  drugs worth
over N100million in Kano within the last 3  weeks, and hounded into
custody 17 suspected peddlers.

The Commandant of the Anti Drug Agency, Nicolas Walter  told
Journalists in Kano that the drugs identified as  cannabis were seized
from suspected drug peddlers in  two separate operations, pointing out
that it weighed  over 4tonnes.

Nicolas Walter who described the seizure as  'unprecedented' in the
state came on the heel of  growing statistics that shot the state
ahead of others  in terms of operations, convictions and
rehabilitations  of peddlers.

The NDLEA Commandant explained that 3 vehicles were  also impounded
during the operation, maintaining that  investigation is on to
ascertain the veracity of those  in the net to pave way for the
prosecution of those  involved in the illicit drug trade.

Nicolas Walter stated that preliminary investigation  has indicated
that the impounded drugs were transported  into the Kano from Southern
part of this country by a  group of syndicate.

The Commandant who lamented inadequate manpower in the  conduct of
their operations urged stakeholders to  provide more logistics support
to enable them police  the porous routes that leads to Kano market.

Nicolas Walter revealed that the command had seized  illicit drug
weighing over 10 tones over the last 2  years in the state, stressing
that recent upsurge  requires the cooperation of all to halt it.

Walter seized the opportunity to call on the National  Assembly to
facilitate moves that will enable them  boost their operational man
power, adding that the anti  drug law Agency need more hands to combat
illicit drug  trade in the Country. 
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