Fighting drug peddling is the beginning of fighting crime says the Anambra State Commandant of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mr. Sule Momodu, who with the Drug Enforcement Operation team embarked on a house-to-house and stop and search brigade raid on drug peddlers.
During the raid in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, described by the commandant as the flash point of all forms of criminal activities in Anambra, four suspects were arrested with several kilograms of Indian hemp recovered.
Reports have it that drug peddling, including cocaine sale, had been on the increase in Obosi, an urban area in Anambra State, and this made taking the war against drug trafficking and consumption to the place necessary.
At the first port of call at Odaraba village in Obosi, the home of a female suspect was searched and several kilograms of Indian hemp hidden in several places were recovered. The suspect confessed she started the business recently but it was not a family business.
Arresting the two female suspects in the house, the team headed for the streets, where they embarked on stop and search operation and apprehended another two male suspects.
Reacting to the development, the Commander said that serious attention should be paid to arresting drug traffickers as drug stimulates crime.
He attributed the day’s success in apprehending the traffickers to proper strategic planning, adding that the arrested suspects would be prosecuted.
The suspects were taken to Onitsha where they were handed over to the Police for onward prosecution.
According to records, in 2014 alone, 25 suspects have been convicted and sentenced to varying jail terms while over 40 cases are at various stages in the Federal High Court.