MINNA — The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Monday said it arrested 16 suspects in Niger State for being in possession of 96.55 kilogramme of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.
The state Commander of the agency, Alhaji Abdullahi Abdul, said in Minna, the state capital that the arrests were made in various parts of the state last month.
He said: “The Niger command of NDLEA carried out a number of raids and routine stop and search operations in November 2013.
“The operations led to arrest of 16 suspects and a seizure of 96.55 kilogramme of dried weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) and one kilogramme of psycho tropic substances,” he said.
Abdul said that about 800 grammes seeds of Indian hemp were also impounded from an illicit hemp farmer in Babana, a border town with BeninRepublic in Kainji Local Government Area.
He added that the quantity of seeds recovered showed that marijuana was being cultivated in the border town or somewhere near the town.
Abdul said the command was working on a lead with a view aim of achieving a major breakthrough in its counter narcotic efforts by identifying and destroying marijuana farms in the area.
He said that interstate transportation of Indian hemp was always high toward the end of the year.
Abdul said the command had mapped out strategies to intercept the drugs as they approached the state from southern part of the country and Benin republic.
He pointed out that the agency had charged the suspects to court.