The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Bayelsa State Command, says it has arrested 59 illicit drug dealers in the state.
The agency also said it removed 98.902 kilogrammes of different types of drugs from circulation in the state.
The spokesman for the command, Mr. Osakwe Ikenna, said in a statement on Tuesday, that the arrests and seizures took place during the third quarter of 2016.
Ikenna, a Superintendent of Narcotics and Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, said of the number arrested, 12 were females while 47 were males.
He said the recovered illicit drugs were seized in various parts of the state.
He noted that while some were recovered by the command’s operatives on motorised patrol along the East-West Road, others were recovered within the state capital and other local government areas in the course of raids on notorious joints and houses of notorious drug dealers.
The spokesman said, “This haul of seized drugs and arrests is just one of the measures to sound a note of warning to unrepentant drug dealers in the state to desist from this evil and sinister trade.
“The command is poised to locate and apprehend them (illicit drug dealers) wherever they may be hiding and carrying out their illegal and destructive trade.