The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kwara state command, yesterday paraded 74 suspects that were arrested with 391.26 kilogramme of hard drugs from January to July this year. Apeh Reuben who is the state NDLEA commander, said 62 of the suspects were males while 12 were females.
He disclosed that 14 of the suspects have been convicted by the state High Court, Ilorin on offences involving possession and smoking of hard drugs. Apeh said their sentences ranged from 12 months to eight years imprisonment.
“The drug situation in the state has turned to different dimension because they are very expensive. The addicts can no longer afford to buy the drug . Therefore, they engage in pilfering and armed robbery in order to meet up with the cost of maintaining their habit. This, of course, reveals that all drug users or consumers are potential armed robbers. Their inability to afford the cost of drug could make them robbers” he said.