The Ogun State command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has intercepted a truck load of cannabis sativa popularly called Indian hemp, neatly concealed behind cartons of packaged biscuits and cheese balls.
The seizure was made at the Odeda axis of Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The weight of the impounded cannabis sativa was put at 3,542.25kg.
The narcotics agency arrested two persons – Ihenacho Chinweuba (27) and Uche Enuosa (33) – in connection with the banned substances.
NDLEA State Commander, Bala Fagge, said the shipment was meant for consumption in Ogun and Lagos states.
“A white Mercedes Benz Truck with registration No: Lagos KJA132XN was intercepted at Odeda axis of Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government.
“The truck carrying biscuits and cheese balls was found to contain 295 big bags of dried weeds of cannabis sativa weighing 3,542.25 kilograms.
“Two suspects were apprehended and are assisting in further investigation”, Bala said.
Chinweuba, who hails from Nsiala-Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State and Enuosa from Asaba, Delta State, said they were on their way to distribute the drugs in Ogun and Lagos states when they were arrested by the NDLEA.
It was learnt that the cannabis was neatly arranged in the inner part of the long container truck while the outer part was filled with more than 300 cartons of biscuits and cheese balls.
Enuosa said: “I am a plumber but due to lack of work I decided to drive the truck.
“I have no savings and the only way I can travel home this festive season is to engage in cannabis business”.
On his part, Chinweuba, who is married with children, said he engaged in the illegal business because he had not bought anything for his family this Christmas.
“It was joblessness that led me to this. All my hope was on this cannabis shipment because I know that if we are successful, my family would be happy this season.
“The cartons of biscuits were to hide the drugs but it is unfortunate that we were arrested and my dream has shattered”, he said.