Two hundred and two bags of Canadian Loud, weighing 8,852 kilogrammes, have been confiscated by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos.
The seizure came after a 30minute gun duel with drug barons, NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi disclosed via a statement on Sunday.
The gunmen were escorting two truckloads of imported synthetic strain of cannabis along Eleko beach road in Lekki area of Lagos.
NDLEA operatives laid ambush for the traffickers along the Eleko beach road based on credible intelligence, Mr Babafemi said.
At about 451 a.m.
on Thursday May 4, two long trucks conveying the illicit consignments were flagged down, Mr Babafemi explained in the statement.
Rather than stopping, the trucks escorted by armed men sped off, as a result of which there was an exchange of gunfire that lasted for about 30 minutes.
After they were overpowered by the NDLEA operatives, the truck drivers and their armed escorts escaped into the bush abandoning the trucks and the drug consignment.
While one of the trucks painted red has 149 jumbo bags weighing 6,548kg, the second one with blue colour has 53 big bags with a weight of 2,304kg.
This brings the total number of bags to 202 and gross weight of both to 8,852 kilograms.
Mr Babafemi said that operatives were already on the trail of the drug lord who shipped the illicit consignment into the country.