The Ondo State Control of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has disclosed that the war against illegal drugs in the nation is making headway as 137 persons alleged to be involved in drug-related offenses in the country have been arrested.
The state NDLEA boss disclosed the arrest of the 137 suspects was created between the months of May and October.
One of the figures, 127 were said to be male suspects while 10 were arrested for cultivating cannabis sativa (India hemp).
Gagara, who expressed sadness at the high rate of cannabis cultivation, growing, and dealing with illegal drugs in the country, said that the command has been working relentlessly to ensure that the menace is wholly curbed in the country.
According to him, Ondo state was ranked as one of the states with the maximum cultivation rate of cannabis sativa, stating it is very unfortunate that the nation has turned into a fertile land for growing cannabis.
“Despite this effort, the people have refused to change on planting, growing and performing drug business. We have been carrying out campaign against illegal drugs in college, motor parks and host communities.
“We will continue to do our best while calling on the relevant security agencies, government at all levels to support the bureau in their quest to reduce rate of cultivation of cannabis to the lowest minimum in the nation,” he said. While calling on parents and guardians to always monitor their wards against the use of illegal drugs, the NDLEA boss pledged that his men will continue to take care of some patrons of the traders of cannabis from the state.
He maintained that unless the patrons are arrested, and brought to book, the effort of the agency in fighting the menace will be unrealistic.
He also stated that a number of the arrested suspects have already been charged to court, while some are still undergoing investigations at the Alagbaka office of the command in Akure, the Ondo state capital.