NDLEA intercepts Indian hemp concealed in noodle’s carton
Dried weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and concealed in a carton of noodles have been intercepted by the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Bayelsa State command.
The state Commander, Mr Frank Hanachor, said in Yenagoa on Monday that a suspect, Tunde Olaniyan, was arrested in connection with the suspected cannabis sativa.
He said Olaniyan, 22, was traveling on a commercial bus along the East-West Road when he was apprehended by the patrol team of NDLEA.
He said the suspected hard drugs weighed about 4.2kg.
“The pallets of compressed cannabis were concealed among packets of the noodles within the carton. At the time of the arrest, the suspect was traveling in a commercial passenger bus belonging to a renowned transport company,” he said.
Hanachor cautioned inter-city commercial transport operators against using their vehicles as means of conveying illicit drugs.
He said the agency would henceforth punish transport operators who failed to scrutinise their vehicles and certify them free of illicit drugs.
He said: “The current security challenges in the country calls for extra vigilance on the part of commercial transport service operators to ensure that their vehicles do not inadvertently become veritable harbingers of death and destruction to the people”.
He said the command had earleir arrested one Ezi Litabai with 45.8 grammes of high grade heroin at Akenfa Community, Yenagoa, local government area.
He said another Kopu Jokori was rounded up at Ewoi Community in Ogbia Local government area with 5.2kg of dried weeds suspected to Cannabis Sativa.
The State Commander enjoined all residents of the state to assist the command in checking the nefarious activities of drug dealers.
He further warned the youths against abusing hard drugs to avoid jeopardising their future.