Abeokuta – A 40-year-old man has been arrested by men of Ogun Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 47 bags of drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.
The Commander of NDLEA in Ogun, Mr Mohammed Mohammed, said on Monday in Abeokuta that the suspect was arrested in Abeokuta.
Mohammed said that the suspected illicit drugs were concealed in a specially made compartment in a lorry for onward movement to Ibadan where the buyers were waiting.
According to commander, the drugs, neatly concealed inside 47 bags weigh 461 kilogrammes.
He said, “Test conducted by our laboratory confirmed the content to be Cannabis Sativa.”
Mohammed further revealed that the arrest of the suspect and subsequent interception of the drugs was as a result of surveillance by his men.
He said that officials of the agency were on trial of the suspect for more than 48 hours before he was eventual arrested.
He said that the command received information about the suspect through an informant, and that the 47 bags of Cannabis Sativa were meant to be delivered in Ibadan were the buyers were waiting.
While commended his men for the gallant performance, Mohammed said that the command would leave no stone unturned in its determination to clean the state of illicit drugs.
He said that the command, had between August 2011 and March, seized about three tonnes of Cannabis Sativa, while about 230 suspects had been arrested across the state in the period under review.
The NDLEA boss said that the suspect would be arraign in court as soon as possible.
However, the suspect, who denied knowledge of the content of the container said that “the driver of the vehicle just gave me a lift from Lagos to Abeokuta.
“It is true that l was the one caught with the vehicle because the driver said l should wait for him; please help me beg them to have mercy on me,” he pleaded. (NAN).