The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted not less than 76.9 kilograms of Canadian Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis from four used vehicles in a container marked MSDU6686346 from Canada at the Port Harcourt Ports Complex, Onne, Rivers state between Thursday 1st June and Friday 2nd June during a joint inspection of the shipment with men of the Nigeria Customs Service.
NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi said this followed the request for 100 per cent examination of the shipment as a result of earlier intelligence received by the agency on the container.
The agency operatives also stormed Iwe forest in Iwe community, Owan West local government area of Edo state, where they located a large warehouse of skunk, used to store 231 jumbo bags of the psychotropic substance weighing 3,003 kilograms (over 3 tons), which was set ablaze.
The operation involving hundreds of wellarmed NDLEA operatives in the early hours of Tuesday 30th May followed intelligence that a wanted drug kingpin had stored tons of the illicit substance in the forest ready for distribution to other parts of the country.
In Kano state, two suspects Maaruf Rabiu and Abubakar Mustapha were arrested on Tuesday 30th May along ZariaKano road with 260 blocks of cannabis weighing 139.4kg, while Auwal Ibrahim was nabbed with 38kg of the same substance the following day, Wednesday 31st May along KadunaAbuja road, same day 35yearold female suspect, Bilkisu Isiya, was arrested at Birnin Yero, Kaduna in possession of 5.6kg cannabis.
In Borno state, two suspects Abubakar Usman (aka Alhaji Mai Kero) and Adamu Yusuf were arrested at Bargu village, Shani LGA, on Saturday 3rd June with 165 blocks of skunk weighing 140.7kg.
Their arrest was effected deep inside a fluid insurgents environment with military support.
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