The Nigerian Army troops of 81 Division have foiled an attempt to smuggle 792 parcels of illicit drugs suspected to be Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) into Ogun State at a checkpoint along the Ilaro-Benin Republic Border following an intelligence-driven operation.
A statement issued by the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of 81 Division, Major Olaniyi Osoba disclosed that the parcels of Indian hemp were concealed in a truck coming from Ghana which was estimated to be worth about N10 million
The drugs were to be delivered to a syndicate based in Lagos that is presently on the run.
“A search on the truck conveying the suspected consignment indicated that it was designed specifically to convey illicit drugs as there was a special compartment welded to the base of the truck for concealment purposes but could be discovered on scrutiny.
“It took the vigilance of the troops at the checkpoint to detect the concealed drugs after resisting the bribe offered by the suspected drug syndicates.”
The Nigerian Army, therefore, called on citizens to continue to provide information on criminal activities to security agencies adding that the illicit drugs and suspects have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Lagos command for further action.
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