The Oyo State Command of the NDLEA seized 5, 611.34kg of Indian hemp in the first six months of the year.
Commander of the agency in the state, Mr. Suleiman Jadi made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Tuesday.
He said that the volume of the seized drug had dropped when compared to what obtained in the corresponding period of 2011.
``In the past six months, we have seized about 5, 611.340kg of Cannabis Sativa (Indian hemp). We had also some psycho-tropics of about 5kg. When you look at it, compared to last year, you will find that the seizure has dropped a bit.’’
Jadi also told NAN that the major challenge facing the command was drug dealers’ consistent use of the Benin Republic-Igbo-Ora route to smuggle in narcotics.
``One alarming problem that is facing the command is the importation of this thing from Benin Republic. That means as the command is trying to cut the supply from other states, some people are bringing it in from Benin Republic.
``Most of the seizures we have done this year are those narcotics imported from Benin Republic. More than three tons of the drugs seized were those imported from Benin Republic.
``So, we are going to tackle the issue of our border with Benin Republic now, but mostly the ones that we have been intercepting are coming through Igbo-Ora.’’
Jadi said that the agency would need to re-strategise and strengthen its cooperation with other agencies to tackle smuggling via effective policing, surveillance and intelligence gathering.