The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo State has intercepted 70,800 tablets of various psychotropic substances being conveyed to Gombe State.
The state NDLEA Commander, Buba Wakawa, who disclosed this to journalists yesterday in Benin, said the command also seized 1,262.73 kilogrammes of cannabis.
Wakawa said 32 suspected drug traffickers were arrested in connection with the cannabis in April, 2019.
He said NDLEA officers attached to the Irrua Command in the state arrested Adamu Abdullahi (27) and Kabiru Ahmad (28) with the 70,800 tablets of tramadol and other drugs in a commercial bus along Ewohimi Road in Esan South Local Government Area of the state.
“The drug intercepted from the suspects are Diazepam (53,250 tablets), Tramadol (14,430 tablets), Exol (3,000 tablets) and Rophynol (120 tablets,” Wakawa said.
He said the suspects were heading to Gombe State with the drugs where they claimed to have started the drug business three months ago.
One of the suspects arrested with tramadol, Abdullahi, said they started the drug business three months ago.
“We contributed money to start the business. Kabir brought N220,000 and I contributed N120,000,” he said.
“We use to sell the drugs at village markets in Gombe. Before now, we used to sell goats, but a friend introduced us to the drug business,” he added.