Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ondo State Command, have arrested nine dealers of illicit drugs and seized from them, a total of 1, 292 kilogrammes of cannabis Sativa and its seeds.
This came as the Federal High Court in Abuja, also yesterday, granted permission to the agency to destroy forfeited narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances, weighing 15.660kg and valued at about an N150million.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling, granted an order for forfeiture and leave to destroy the drug sought by the NDLEA in an ex-parte application argued by a Counsel to the agency, Mike Kassa.
Announcing the seizure of the illicit drugs in a statement, yesterday, the state Commander, Mr. Haruna Gagara, disclosed that out of the figure, 711.5kg of cannabis seeds was recovered from a forest in Ago Oyibo area of Ogbese, Akure North Council.
He said the seizure has thwarted the mass cultivation of an estimated 250 hectares of cannabis Sativa farmland in Ondo state, adding that this cultivation, if allowed, would produce an estimated 443, 000 kilogrammes of cannabis.”
Gagara said his men stormed the forest on Thursday, February 18, following intelligence.