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Troops burst drug syndicates, recover cannabis worth millions

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
16 September 2021   |   3:03 am
Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) yesterday burst drug syndicates and recovered 248 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis.

The suspects and exhibits

Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) yesterday burst drug syndicates and recovered 248 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis.
   
The substance, estimated at over N7.5 million, according to a spokesman for OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, was concealed in a Toyota Camry car with registration number Lagos, KJA 150 EG.  

 
The suspects, Ex-Corporal Essien Friday, a 60-year old retired Army personnel, and 50-year old Ibrahim Ali were arrested by troops during stop and search operation along road Manchok – Jos in Kaura LGA of Kaduna State. 
 
The suspects claimed they were contracted to convey the illicit substance to Yola, Adamawa State from Ondo State.
   
Other items recovered from the suspects include 18 wraps of Indian hemp, two smartphones, three travelling bags, one lighter and two wallets containing N570. 
   
According to Takwa, the suspects and recovered items have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Plateau State Command for further investigation.
 
Meanwhile, OPSH commander, Major General Ibrahim Ali, has commended the troops for their doggedness towards preventing criminals from carrying out their heinous acts. 
 
He reiterated the command’s determination to flush out criminal elements on the Plateau and environs.
 
He said OPSH would continue to collaborate with law-abiding citizens to ensure a crime-free society and enjoined the public to continue to support security agencies with credible information on criminal activities.