THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Abia state has paraded 7 men arrested with suspected psycho-tropical substances in the month of March in Aba.
The names of the suspects were given as Uzochukwu Nnanna,35, Kingsley Ugwubueze 31, Agbaeze Kalu,40, Saidu Iliyasu, 29, Solution Kingsley, 22, Ikechukwu Nwankpa, 31, and Ugochukwu Nwachukwu, 22.
Parading the men, the State Commander, Mr Bamidele Akingbade said that they were caught at various venues in the state with psycho-tropical substances weighing a total of about 14.23 kilograms.
He said that the suspects were found to be in possession of psychotropic substances which includes cocaine, heroin and Indian hemp at the time of their arrests.
Akingbade said that the suspects would be arraigned at the Federal High Court in Umuahia this month after the conclusion of investigations.
Saidu Iliayasu, 29, a security man at Maranatha private hostel at the Abia State University, Uturu was arrested during a raid in Uturu after two students were beheaded by cultists.
He said he was arrested for having possession of hemp worth over N3000 from which he could have made a gain of N2000.
One of them who was identified as Uzochukwu Nnanna told reporters that the policemen caught him with Indian hemp and later handed him over to the NDLEA.
He asked for help stating that he was pushed to go into the trade because of hardship.
One of the men arrested, Solution Kingsley, 22, said he was caught with cocaine (“white”) and said he entered the business after he lost his father at the end of his secondary education and had to seek help to further his education.
He noted that it was in the process of seeking help that he met a man called Nwa-Charlie who introduced him into the cocaine business as away to help him raise money to go further.
Kingsley Ugwubueze, 31, a native of Ohaji-Egbema in Imo State said he was living in Ibadan by Orlu Street when he was caught for possessing Indian hemp last month.
Agbaeze Kalu, 40, a wheel barrow pusher said he went to buy hemp for personal consumption when he was caught by the vigilante in Aba and handed over to NDLEA.
He said that smoking weed helps to give him strength to continue working when he becomes weak after doing heavy jobs.
“I now know that it is dangerous to my health and when I leave here I will not return to it”, he said.
Ikechukwu Nwankpa, 31, from Eziama Nvosi who lives at the Omuma road said he was arrested with hemp.
He said he was shoemaker until he had a problem and had no money to continue with the trade and then his friend urged him to sell hemp to help him
He said that if he sold his shoes in a day, he makes about N5000 gain but chose to be selling hemp which he could sale for N1, 500 for the time with gain of about N500.
Ugochukwu Nwachukwu, 22, Ugiri Mbano, Imo State said his father died in December 2015 and he had no one to help him which led him into the business of selling Indian hemp until he was caught.
They pleaded to be pardoned saying that if they are released, they would not return to hard drug trade and consumption again.