NDLEA seizes 2,000 bags of cannabis in Ondo

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NDLEA officials [Photo: nigeriapoliticsonline.com]

The bags of marijuana were hidden in a patch of ground disguised as a grave.

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Ondo State have impounded 2,000 bags of marijuana valued at over N20 million.

The bags of marijuana were confiscated by the NDLEA officials after a three-day operation carried out in the forest at Ago Dada in Akure North Local Government Area.

The bags were evacuated from a grave-like patch in the bush where they were buried to conceal them from being detected

The State Commander of the Agency, Walter Nicholas, said the activities of Indian hemp planters and cultivators have assumed a dangerous dimension in the state.

The NDLEA boss lamented that despite the efforts being made by the agency, drug barons are discovering new methods of hiding the substance from the agency’s officials

He said, “As an agency, whenever we stumble on any form of strategy adopted by these drug barons, we immediately expose it to the public so that collectively, we can provide surveillance that may lead to the interception of their actions.”

He said the agency is aware that most of the drug barons have moved to the forest where most of their activities are now taking place, adding that the command is ready to put up a 24-hour surveillance around the state.

For the illicit activity to be reduced to the barest minimum, Mr. Nicholas said much is still being expected from the law court despite all efforts that have been put in place by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in trying to make Nigeria a drug free society.

He accused some judges of not meting out serious punishment on those arraigned in courts for drug related offences.

This, according to him has made it difficult for the agency to get drug peddlers jailed for their active involvement in planting and selling of cannabis. Drug offenders can be jailed for between 15 and 25 years; however, it was gathered that most of the drug offenders are being given bail and fined; which the NDLEA said is against its recommendation that offenders be jailed.

“We want to implore judges to be stiffer in sentencing drug barons who are perpetrators of these narcotic crimes to serve as deterrent to others,” he said.



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