Two suspected Indian hemp dealers, arrested during routine raids by operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Lagos, have attributed their activities to their inability to fend for their families.
The suspects, Raji Kabir (22) and Yusuf Bako (19), alleged to be importing dried weeds which tested positive for cannabis sativa, otherwise known as Indian hemp, from Ghana, were arrested at Agege area of Lagos, where 151.3 kilogrammes of the substance were recovered.
Also recovered during the raid, according to the NDLEA Lagos State commander, Mr. Aliyu Sule, was a consignment of the drug weighing 658.8 kilogrammes at Alaba Rago area of the state.
He said: “Acting on intelligence report, we raided the water front at Alaba Rago area where we found compressed dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis. The team also raided Kasamu Street in Agege where 151.3 kilogrammes of cannabis was found hidden in the ceiling.
“Both seizures weighed 810.1 kilogrammes. The two suspected cannabis dealers, Raji Kabir,22, and Yusuf Bako, 19, arrested during the operation are cooperating with our team of investigators.”
Following the intelligence report that the compressed cannabis originated from Ghana, NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Ahmadu Giade, has directed all commanders to intensify surveillance along the water ways.
He said: “I have directed commanders to intensify maritime surveillance.”