The Imo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 144 drug suspects in the last one with 444.729 seizures.
The State Commander of NDLEA, Assiana Nimbang, stated this on Monday in her speech to mark this year’s United Nations Drug-Free Day, in Owerri.
Nimbang, whose speech was delivered by Deputy State Commander, Administration and Logistics, Mrs.Chinyere Kali Olugum, expressed worry over the growing number of juveniles, who engaged in drug abuse and trafficking in the state.
She blamed the ugly trend on the new tactics devised by parents, who use their under-aged children to peddle drugs to beat security officials.
According to her, “another twist we must pontificate on and provide answers to, quickly, as stakeholders, is the alarming way parents use their children to sell hard drugs to prospective customers. The youths, who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow, are not only using drugs, but, are also, dealing on it”.
She, therefore, disclosed that, in the last one year, the Command has made a seizure of 444.729 kilogrammes of hard drugs including cannabis sativa, cocaine, heroin and amphetamine, among others, while a total number of 144 suspects were arrested.