The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at the weekend, arrested two men for alleged possession of 7,073kg weeds suspected to be cannabis.
It was gathered that the suspects, one Monday Amusoga, 39 and Omebu Kingsley, 30, packed the weeds in 409 bags weighing 7,073kg which were concealed in a consignment of building materials in a truck with Ondo State registration number.
The NDLEA State commander, Mr Wakawa Buba, who confirmed the arrest said the seized drugs were valued at N70.7 million and that they were intercepted in Benin while being moved to Delta State.
He said the investigation revealed that the truck departed Akure, Ondo State on its way to Abi in Delta State, adding that the suspects hail from Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State.
While assuring that the command will do all within its capacity to counter the illicit activities of drug syndicates, he noted that concealing drugs inside materials in a truck was another trick employed by drug traffickers.
Wakawa said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
Speaking with journalists, one of the suspects, Amusoga said he was paid N50,000 to drive the truck from Ondo to Delta State.
“I am a driver but I have been jobless. My friend assisted me with this deal so that l can meet my family’s needs. I am married with five children,” he said.
He explained that it was when they got to Benin that NDLEA officers directed him to stop and took him to their office in Benin where they conducted search and discovered the cannabis amidst iron rods.
On his part, Omebu Kingsley said he was called to assist the driver in conveying the cannabis to Delta State and paid N25,000.
“I am married with a child and as a jobless secondary school drop-out, l accepted the offer because Christmas is approaching,” he said.