By Deborah Coker
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has found a big amount of the harvested dried weeds suspected to be hashish sativa in a warehouse in Ugbubezi Forest, Owan West Local Government Area of Edo.
The Edo State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Buba Wakawa, made this recognized in an announcement issued in Benin on Wednesday.
Wakawa mentioned that officers of the command found the big amount of the harvested dried weeds suspected to be hashish sativa or Indian Hemp in a warehouse in Ugbubezi Forest.
He mentioned that the drug with a avenue worth of greater than N20 million was evacuated from the warehouse by a staff of over 70 officers of the command.
Wakawa mentioned the reveals included: 34 luggage of compressed suspected hashish weighing 680 kg and 94 luggage of dried weeds weighing 1,316 kg.
Two suspected members of the drug cartel working within the warehouse have been apprehended and have been being interrogated.
The NDLEA commander mentioned that the warehouse was found following an intelligence report.
“Working on intelligence report, we efficiently traced a serious hashish warehouse situated in Ugbubezi forest in Owan West Local Government Area,’’ Wakawa mentioned.
“We are poised for whole offensive towards drug trafficking cartels within the state.
He mentioned that the command had equally unfold its dragnet to apprehend different members of the cartel and warned that there was no protected haven for drug traffickers within the state.
Wakawa defined that the suspects, who claimed to be farmers, attributed their involvement in drug trafficking to poverty.
“One of the suspects, Augustine Egwutu, 45, mentioned he was married with three kids and that he used to domesticate plantain and pepper however wildfire engulfed his farm and he misplaced all the pieces.
“The suspect mentioned that as a result of he might not feed his household and his landlord threatened to evict him for not having the ability to pay his lease, he went into hashish enterprise.
“On the opposite hand, the opposite suspect Gabriel Orji, 38, informed us that he used to domesticate cassava and plantain earlier than becoming a member of the hashish enterprise as a result of he wanted a number of sources of earnings’’, the NDLEA chief mentioned.
Wakawa mentioned that each suspects would quickly be charged to courtroom.
He mentioned that according to the NDLEA Act, the suspects risked a minimal of 15 years imprisonment for illegal possession of hashish, if discovered responsible. (NAN)