By Caleb Ayansina
ABUJA – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has uncovered a deport of illicit cannabis sativa at Iyana-Ira, Ketu in Lagos state.
In a sting operation led by the Seme Area Commander in charge of Narcotics, Udotong Noah, a total of 7.5 tons of illicit cannabis sativa was seized.
A statement signed by the Principal staff officer, Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Jonah Achema, in Abuja, confirmed that the operation led to the arrest of one Ms. Timilehin Vincent Iyama.
Achema said the suspect, a JSS3 drop out was known to be dealing in Gaari by neighbours while she also engaged in the clandestine wholesale of cannabis.
He revealed that at the time of her arrest, the husband was said to have travelled back to Ondo state, being the source of their illicit consignment, adding that they had been in the business for a couple of years.
According to him, “Timilehin, mother of four from Ifon, Ondo State claimed that her husband, Vincent Iyama, an indigene of Kwale, Delta State brought the cannabis sativa, known in local parlance as ‘wee-wee’ from Ondo State where the illicit drug crop is predominantly cultivated.
“The drug exhibit was stored in the family’s apartment at No. 40, Kayode Badejo Street, off Chief Tunde Aluko Street, Iyana-Ira, Lagos. A Toyota sienna 2005 model with registration number KTU 737 DZ was also seized from the suspect.
“The seizure which was based on a tip-off and very intense surveillance, is a major breakthrough for the command. Although the Area command has made a cumulative seizure of about six tons since January, this present seizure is the single largest since the command was established about 21 years ago,” he said.
The statement urged the citizens to be vigilant and to come forward with more such hints to help the agency dismantle all the chains of cannabis supply, stressing that given the volume of local production and consumption.