Two suspects have been arrested by the Nigerian Army 33 Artillery Brigade in Bauchi with 512 parcels of cannabis sativa concealed in a branded energy drink pickup.
The suspected peddlers were intercepted by operatives of the Brigade on Monday 23, 2023 at 8: 00 p.m. at Ringin Gani village along Jos road in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The Commandant of the 33 Brigade, Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Egbe disclosed this while handing over the suspects and the exhibits recovered from them to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday in Bauchi.
Egbe, represented by Acting Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Abdulrahman Modibbo, identified the suspected peddlers as Adamu Ali, 32, and Mohammed Idon, 42.
He mentioned the items intercepted in their vehicles to include four bags, 512 parcels of suspected cannabis sativa, and 104 packs of soft drinks used to cover the Indian hemp.
The other items recovered from the suspects are four phones, five ATM cards, a driver’s license, two padlocks, and N13,550 cash.
He said, “They were arrested with the cannabis sativa substance in a branded energy drink pickup with different makeshift compartments inside the vehicles with registration number AKD 654 XT Lagos.”
He urged NDLEA officials to always furnish the Brigade headquarters with the outcome of their investigations for record purposes.
Responding, Chief Superintendent of Narcotics of the Agency, Mr Nimfa Joel, commended the Army for the wonderful efforts and the partnership in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse.
He assured that the agency would commence investigation into the matter and prosecute the suspects.