The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said it seized 568.910 kg of illicit drugs in February, warning that the new methods used to convey the drugs could be used to transport arms without detection.
The NDLEA Commander in Adamawa State, Yakubu Kibo told journalists yesterday that the command had intercepted a J5 vehicle in which a false floor was constructed and 343.9 kg of cannabis was concealed.
According to him, a search at the owner’s house led to further discovery of 120 kg while the agency established that the J5 vehicle belonged to the house owner.
Also seized was 33.6 kg of cannabis embedded within the engine and interior compartments of a vehicle as well as 47.4 kg of cough syrup containing codeine concealed inside the doors and inner parts of another Toyota Starlet vehicle.
“A total seizure of 568.910 kg of illicit drugs was recovered from the three vehicles, four suspects were arrested and a house was sealed in connection to illicit drugs,” he stated.
“It is pertinent to know that this method of concealment of arms and ammunition, contraband goods and trafficking of persons across the length and breadth of this country can go undetected,” he warned.
Kibo advised vehicle owners to warn their drivers against conveying illicit drugs to avoid prosecution as well as forfeiture of vehicles to federal government.
He also called on landlords to ascertain the behaviour of their tenants and their businesses before leasing property to them.
Reiterating the commitment of the agency to ending drug abuse and trafficking in the country, Kibo said the agency was ready to unmask new ways of conveying drugs with a view to apprehending criminals.