The Edo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has impounded six vehicles containing 1,687 kilogrammes of Indian hemp.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Benin, the State commander, Buba Wakawa, said the vehicles were impounded at Agenebode in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
Wakawa said the operation was carried out by the Auchi Area Command of the agency based on intelligence report.
He said the estimated street value of the seized drugs is N25 million while that of the six vehicles is N10 million, bringing the the total loss suffered by the cartel to N35 million.
Wakawa said the drivers of the vehicles managed to escape leaving behind their vehicles and drugs, adding that efforts are ongoing to apprehend members of the cartel and bring them to book.
He said preliminary investigation revealed that the cartel targeted the emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic for a massive shipment of drugs but the command swiftly nipped their nefarious plan in the bud.