56 bags of Marijuana were being transported in three vehicles.
The Special Task-force, STF, in Plateau State have arrested a suspected marijuana dealer in Jos. The suspect was arrested with fifty-six 100kg bags of the illegal herb.
The suspect, Godwin Ameah, was paraded before newsmen on Friday at the STF headquarters in Jos before he was handed over to officials of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
According to the spokesman of the task-force, Salisu Mustapha, Mr. Ameah’s arrest was based on a tip-off.
“Information got to our patrol base at Rukuba road that some vehicles carrying a substance suspected to be Indian hemp left Bassa LGA and was passing through Akass Village to Rukuba Road,” Mr. Mustapha explained.
Mr. Ameah, however, told journalists that he is a commercial driver contracted to convey the goods and that he was unaware of the nature of the substance in his vehicle.
The marijuana was found in three commercial vehicles: a Jetta with registration number Plateau AM 662 BUU; a black Golf 3 car with registration number Plateau AM 557 BDA and; an ash Vento with registration number Plateau BLD 85 AA. The drivers of the other two cars managed to escape and are still at large while Mr. Ameah, the only driver apprehended claimed that the goods belong to one Mr. Jerry M.
Receiving the seized goods and the suspect, Assistant Commander, Administration and Logistic of the NDLEA, Ann Nwora, said the arrested suspect will be interrogated and given the punishment he deserves.
Commenting on the rate of drug consumption in the state, Ms. Nwora noted with regret that the organization has convicted over a 100 people on cases related to illegal drug sale and consumption. She added that some drug addicts were currently undergoing rehabilitation at its zonal rehabilitation center.