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Ex-army officer, one other arrested with N7.5m worth of Indian hemp as troops bust drug syndicate in Kaduna

Troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) on Tuesday, September 14, bust a drug syndicate and recovered 248 blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis estimated to be about 7.5 million naira in Kaduna.

The task force’s media officer, Major Ishaku Takwa, said the substance 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 Ibrahim Ali, 50, were arrested by the troops during stop and search operation along road Manchok – Jos in Kaura LGA of Kaduna State,” Takwa stated.

The suspects claimed that 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 ready for smoking, 2 smartphones, 3 travelling bags, one lighter and 2 wallets containing Five Hundred and Seventy Naira (N570) only.

The suspects and items recovered have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Plateau State Command for further investigation.

Major General Ibrahim Ali, the Commander OPSH, has commended the troops for their vigilance doggedness towards preventing criminals from carrying out their heinous acts. He reiterated the determination of his command to flush out criminal elements on the Plateau and environs.

He said OPSH will continue to collaborate with law-abiding citizens to ensure a crime-free society and enjoin members of the public to continue to support security agencies with credible information on criminal activities.

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