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NDLEA seizes 2,144 parcels of hemp in Lagos



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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says operatives intercepted 2,144 parcels of Colorado, a synthetic strain of hemp weighing 1,072kg, at the Tincan Seaport Lagos.

NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement Sunday in Abuja that operatives seized the consignment on Wednesday, April 3.

Babafemi said the seizure was made during a joint examination with the Customs Service and other port stakeholders.

He said the container was marked GAOU 6699215 and came from Montreal but originated from Toronto, Canada.

According to him, the drugs packed in 46 jumbo bags were found concealed in used 2009 Lexus RX 350, 2011 Toyota Sienna, and 2009 Lexus ES 350.

He added that they were also concealed in used engines, automobile doors, tyres, used household goods, and big drums loaded into the container.

Meanwhile, in Kano, a 48-year-old suspect, Gidado Sani, who jumped the bail granted him by the Kano Division of the Federal High Court on drug offence charges, was on Friday, April 5, re-arrested in the Sharada area of the state.

Mr Babafemi said the suspect was with 85 blocks of hemp weighing 50.1kg.

Also, NDLEA operatives in Ogun state on Thursday, April 4, arrested another suspect, Wasiu Jimoh, during a raid operation at Ilese Awo, with 84 parcels (62kg) of hemp.

In another development, operatives in Lagos on Wednesday, April 3, intercepted a suspect, Emeka Umeh, with 506.2kg of hemp at Igbede, Ojo area of the state.

“Another suspect, Victor Okeke, was nabbed on Friday, April 5, at Igbo Elerin, Ojo, with 142 grammes of hemp and 175 litres of skuchies recovered from him.

“Attempt by 35-year-old Ifeanyi Udogwu to smuggle 1.5kg cocaine concealed in music speakers from Lagos through Aba, Abia state to his uncle, Ifeanyi Udogwu, based in Cameroon was thwarted on Wednesday, April 3.

“This was when NDLEA officers, working in collaboration with transport company Young Shall Grow Motors, arrested him,“ Mr Babafemi said.