National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Bayelsa State, yesterday, confirmed the arrest of 59 illicit drug dealers in different parts of the state.
It said the arrest led to the removal of over 98.902 kilogrammes of different types of drugs from circulation in the state.
Spokesman of the command, Mr. Osakwe Ikenna, in a statement in Yenagoa, said that the arrests and seizures took place during the third quarter of 2016.
According to him, the number of suspected drug dealers arrested were made up of 12 females and 47 males.
Ikenna said that while some were recovered by the command’s operatives on motorised patrol along the East-West Road, others were recovered within the state capital and other local government areas in the course of raids on notorious joints and houses of notorious drug dealers.
According to Ikenna, “this seizure of drugs and arrests is just one of the measures to sound a note of warning to unrepentant drug dealers in the state to desist from this evil and sinister trade.
“The command is poised to locate and apprehend them (illicit drug dealers) wherever they may be hiding and carrying out their illegal and destructive trade.
“Parents, relatives of drug dependent persons and even drug dependent persons are hereby encouraged to avail themselves of the counselling and rehabilitation services available at the state command headquarters without fear of arrest.”