311 drug suspects arrested in Nigerian capital in 6 months

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Nigeria’s anti-drug agency said on Monday it has arrested 311 drug suspects and seized 2,100 kilograms of assorted drugs in the country’s capital Abuja during the past six months.

Mohammed Malami, regional commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), revealed this in a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, listing illicit drugs like cocaine, crack and other substances such as ethanol, codeine and pentazocine injections.

“We have also arrested 311 suspects during the period. A lot of them were counseled and released because they were not found with drugs but users of drugs,” he said, adding that 33 of them were convicted.

Malami said that the agency recorded a major breakthrough during the period with the bursting of online drug trafficking.

He described online drug trafficking as a copycat crime, saying that they were crimes people saw and try to replicate in various other places.

The West African country has reported several large seizures of smuggled drugs at international airports of the country.

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