Almost 2 weeks after operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Delta State Command, arrested 4 suspected ritualists and 50 others, no fewer than 135 Indian hemp peddlers were arrested and 160 bags of indian hemp impounded in Obiaruku, Kwale, on Monday . The state commander of the agency, Mr. Frank Hannachor, confirmed that operatives of the NDLEA acted on a tip-off in Obiaruku and Kwale communities where Indian hemp smoking and cultivation had become a tradition for the past 3 years. Hannachor explained that the suspects were handed over to the police for prosecution. Noting that peddling and use of hard drugs were against the law, the NDLEA boss disclosed that the state command in the past 6 months had arrested many suspects involved in the use of hard drugs, including Indian hemp and promised that the command would not relent in its efforts to make the state free of illicit and hard drugs.
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