Crime

Man Arrested With N.5m Cannabis In Jigawa

The Jigawa Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday said it had arrested a 46-year-old man (name withheld) and seized from him 64.75kg of cannabis worth N500,000.

The Commander, Josephine Obi, who disclosed this to newsmen in Dutse said the suspect was arrested on Sunday at about 10 a.m., along Chaichai road in Dutse.

Obi said that the suspect had confessed to be piloting another vehicle conveying 250kg of the illicit drug.

“The suspect was arrested by men of the command while on routine patrol along Chaichai road in Dutse.

“The suspect was nabbed in an 8-seater Toyota bus with Reg: BV 305 LND, and we were amazed about the way he smartly concealed such amount of cannabis in the vehicle.

“Every least expected space in the vehicle was filled with 69 parcel of compressed hemp.

“He confessed being in this business for about two years and also confessed to be piloting another vehicle conveying similar drug.

“Unfortunately, the other managed to escaped by noticing what was happening from far away,’’ the commander said.

Obi alleged further that the suspect soaked the items in detergent solution to distort the odour of the substance in order to avoid detection.

She urged members of the public to support the agency with credible information that would assist in tackling rampant abuse of illicit drugs in the state.

Obi said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

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