The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 17 suspects during raids of drug joints in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The suspects were alleged to have been apprehended with 6.2kg of cocaine, as well as a weapon.
Ibiba Odili, the Commander of Narcotics, NDLEA, Ogun State, said this in a statement on Thursday.
Odili stated that the combined action was carried out in collaboration with the Nigeria Army’s 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala Barracks, Abeokuta, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
He described the drug dens raided as being in the state capital’s Obada, Lafenwa, Odo-Eran, and Adigbe neighbourhoods.
Two suspects were apprehended with 2.5kg of cannabis sativa, also known as marijuana, according to her.
She added that the operatives also recovered 1.5kg of the same substance that was abandoned.
Odili said, “The operation uncovered a locally-made pistol along with three cartridges, underscoring the dangerous link between drug trafficking and illicit firearms.
“Also, during the second phase, which resulted in the arrest of one suspect, 63 grams of cannabis sativa was seized while two drug users were apprehended.
“Additionally, a seizure of 1.1kg of abandoned cannabis sativa further disrupted the drug trade in the area.
“In the third and final phase of the operations, two drug users were apprehended while a seizure of 500 grams of abandoned cannabis sativa was recorded.
“The cumulative impact of all three phases revealed a chilling reality: a total of three suspects were apprehended, along with 14 drug users. The combined weight of the confiscated cannabis sativa amounted to a staggering 6.2kg abandoned and seized.”