Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Ondo State Command, have arrested nine dealers of illicit drugs and seized from them a total of 1, 292 kilograms of cannabis sativa and its seeds.
In a statement released today February 19, the state Commander of the anti-drug agency, Haruna Gagara disclosed that out of the figure, 711.5kg of cannabis seeds were recovered from a forest in Ago Oyibo area of Ogbese, Akure North Local Government Area of the state. According to him, this seizure has thwarted the mass cultivation of an estimated 250 hectares of Cannabis Sativa farmland in Ondo state. Gagara said the humongous cultivation if allowed would produce an estimated 443,000Kgs of cannabis.
He said his men stormed the forest on Thursday, February 18, 2021, following intelligence. He gave the name of some of the suspects as Alex Moses, 35; Oshie Emmanuel, 20; Friday Effiong, 31; Emmanuel Akpan, 25, and David Friday, 19.
Gagara added that his operatives had earlier intercepted a vehicle loaded with 580.5kg of the illicit drug along Ogbese-Owo road.