Lokoja - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kogi on Thursday said it seized 326.2 kilograms of drugs suspected to be Indian hemp and arrested seven alleged illicit drug dealers.
Alhaji Idris Bello, the Commander of the agency, made this known when he paraded the suspected drug dealers and their consignment at the state Command's headquarters in Lokoja.
Bello said that the prohibited drug was discovered in a Toyota commercial bus with registration BE 800 AGL which was intercepted by the command’s patrol team on Lokoja-Abuja highway on Feb.13.
The commander added that the suspects hid the suspected Indian hemp concealed in two `Ghana-Must-Go’ bags in the bus with seven passengers on board.
Bello added that one of the seven passengers, named withheld, claimed ownership of the two bags of the substance while the rest said they were victims of armed robbery attack.
He said that the driver of the bus, who owned the bags fled into bush and abandoned them with the vehicle on seeing the command's patrol team.
Bello said that preliminary investigations revealed that the vehicle was stolen from GKO group of companies, Effurum in Delta.
He said that the Toyota Bus and the seven suspects would be handed over to the police in the state for further investigation.
Bello told newsmen that the alleged owner of the exhibit would be detained in NDLEA custody.
The commander called on the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the state to educate their members on the activities of the NDLEA and the need to partner the agency in the fight against illicit drugs.