NDLEA Discovers Cannabis Village and Seizes $ 1.4 Billion of Drugs in Edo (Photos)
The cannabis village was discovered by the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the Ovan West local government area in Edo state.
Buba Wakawa, the NDLEA commander in Edo, reported this Sunday in Benin, the state capital, TheCable reported.
He said commanders arrested seven drug lords who ran four department stores in the Ukpuje forest in western Ovan.
Wakawa said 16,344 bags of cannabis and weeds weighing 233,778 kg were seized from four warehouses, as well as two pump pistols and a double barrel.
The commander said the estimated value of the seized illegal drug on the street is estimated at $ 1.4 billion.
He said that seven suspects were arrested and taken into NDLEA custody. He gave them names like; Emmanuel Oki, 62, president of a vigilante group in Ukpuja; Odie Sabato, 42, and Bright Inemi Edegbe, 53.
Others – Govon Ehimigbai, 53 years old; Enodi Ode, 37; Ayo Oni, 30, and Akhime Benjamin, 43.
According to Wakawa, the arrest is the largest single concentration of cannabis detected by the command.
It presents the following breakdown of drugs: 318 80 kg sacks, each weighing 25,440 kg; 15 853 bags of 13 kg, 206 089 kg each. However, although the total number of seizures was 2,249 kg, other items weighing 231,529 kg were destroyed in warehouses.
The commander attributed the success of the operation to the support of NDLEA President Buba Marwa.
“We have accepted the delivery of two new Hilux operational vehicles presented to command last week. This is the first technical mission, and it turned out to be the best for the team. We are grateful to the president, and this is a clear warning that there is no place for drug lords in the state, ”he said.
In a statement Sunday, Marwa said his administration would remove drug dealers from their hideouts.
He warned the drug lords to stop their illegal activities, adding that he was “pricked up.”
“I remember that in my opening remarks on the provision of the service on January 18, I made it clear when I issued a note warning those involved in this illegal trade to abandon the NDLEA or deal with the NDLEA, because our maxim must and actions will be saved; drug smoking barons and human traffickers from their lairs, forests and bunkers, ”he said.
“The heat is on and we will continue to increase the oven until we smoke them out of hiding to face the law.”