Most of the seizures occurred around Ipele forest in Ondo state.
The Ondo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has seized about N260 million worth of cannabis, popularly known as Indian Hemp, in the last eight weeks; arresting about 13 suspected traffickers.
The NDLEA commander in the state, Walter Nicholas, stated that most of the seizures were made around Ipele forest in Owo Local Government area of Ondo state. He said that that the perpetrators have devised different methods and ways of concealing the illegal products to beat security agents.
Displaying the 18 tons of commodity, the NDLEA boss said the command in the past, always avoided to make public the street value of the seized drugs in order not to induce people venturing into the “nefarious trade.”
He said the traffickers had improved the mode of concealment employed to deceive security agencies.
He pointed out that Indian hemp remains the most widely grown in the state, but the agency has been able to stem down the use of the hard drug in the state. He expressed the command’s readiness to combat and crumble the supply of drugs to any part of the country or abroad.
The NDLEA boss also said that the command has put in place measures to manage and control drug addicts in the state through an effective rehabilitation center, saying this was put in place to cater for youth who have fallen victim of drug use.
He, however, asked the state government and the public to come to the aid of the center by donating materials for the upkeep of the center.
Representing the state governor at the public display of the drugs seized by the command, the Commissioner for Natural Resources in the state, Lasisi Oluboyo, said the state government would continue to employ all available means to stem down the growing and use of the cannabis in the state.