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NDLEA officials assessing the illicit drugs. Courtesy NAN

Over N10.7bn worth of illicit drugs have been confiscated in Edo State by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The Edo State Commander of the Agency, Buba Wakawa, confirmed that seven suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure.

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He disclosed that the suspects, who concealed the substance in 102 cartons of HP computer printer cartridges, were arrested on Sept. 24, on Lagos-Benin-Asaba Expressway.

Wakawa also disclosed that the seven suspects were arrested with 34.2 Kilogrammes of Methamphetamine.

He described Methamphetamine as more dangerous and harmful than cocaine, adding that it was not a  commonly used drug.

According to him, the confiscated drug has a street value of about 700,000 dollars per kilogramme, which translates to 23.9 million dollars for the 34.2 kg confiscated.

Wakawa disclosed that the command also arrested 69 other suspects during the period under review for alleged drug trafficking. He said nine of the 69 suspected drug traffickers were women, of which two had been charged to court.

He listed the drugs to include 1, 911 kilogrammess of Indian hemp, 34.2 Kilogrammes of Methamphetamine, 3.5 gramms of cocaine, 129 kilogrammes of Tramadol and 82 kilogrammess of Diazepam.

The NDLEA commander added that 11.514 hectares of carnabbis sativa were destroyed during the period under review and five vehicles impounded.

According to him, the command currently has 162 pending cases in various courts in the state and had counselled 32 drug addicts.