The National Drug Regulation Enforcement Business (NDLEA) in Osun has actually apprehended a pastor and a 27 year-old guy with 181 sacks of marijuana sativa popularly understood as Indian hemp.
The sector leader of the Agency, Anthonia Edeh, made this recognized on Friday while managing newsmen in Osogbo.
According to Edeh, the 45-year-old pastor, as well as one some other person were detained at Ikire in Irewole Local Government Area of the state on Dec. 5, with the unauthorized weed considering 1,838.4 kilogramme.
“Men of the command swooped into action based on the information received from patriotic Nigerians and arrested the two suspects in a three rooms apartment, where the bags of Indian hemp were stocked,” she said.
She added that two of the bags were full with cannabis seeds, which the suspects wanted to keep for the next planting season.
The commander also revealed that three others suspects, including a woman escaped arrest.
She said, “Efforts are on to nab the fleeing culprits, though the pastor is claiming innocence of the crime saying that he was only a co-tenant of the other suspect.
“The agency has no constitutional power to exonerate him, only the court has the power and the two men will be arraigned soon,” she said.
Edeh further stated that guys of the command recovered 68.8 kilogramme of Indian hemp, equipped inside a Volkswagen Vento car marked AW 652 AKR, on Dec. 2, along Ilobu Roadway in Osogbo.
She pointed out that the owner of the car, who was on the road side awaiting presumed customer took to his heels when he sighted guys of the command.
The leader advised the public to be conscious of their environment and state the tasks of medication peddlers or traffickers to the safety operatives.
She repeated the commitment of the business to put an end to the farming, trafficking and peddling of Indian hemp throughout the state, and recommended the people to work together with the firm in the medicine war crusade.
She also cautioned commercial drivers to beware of the loads they carry “now that we are at the peak of harvesting period”. (NAN)