The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo State has arrested a 23-year-old graduate with substance suspected to be ‘skunk Cannabis.’
The state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Buba Wakawa, who disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Benin, said the substance weighed about 250 grammes.
He said that the suspect, who hailed from Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue, was arrested at Okada in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo.
He said other suspected illicit drugs recovered from the suspect included eight wraps of crack cocaine weighing 24 grammes, and 45 tablets of Rohypnol.
He explained that the arrest was based on information received on the illegal activities of the suspect in the state.
While advising youths and the general public to shun drug trafficking and fulfil their dreams and aspirations in life, the commander warned that trafficking and abuse would cut short their enviable future.
“This suspect ought to be preparing to further his studies or engage in any meaningful work but that can only take place after he has been cleared of this criminal charge,” he said.
He also disclosed that the suspect in his statement said that he had been smuggling drugs for the past one year.
Upon interrogation, the suspect said: “I have been selling drugs for the past one year. I attended Okada Grammar School, Okada, and graduated in 2010.
“Thereafter I studied Business Administration at Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, in 2013.
“After my diploma course, l wanted a job to sustain myself but there was none; that was how a friend introduced me to drug trafficking.
“In order to get more profit, l sell different types of drugs like cocaine, cannabis and Rohypnol. I get my supply from new road in Ovia South West of Edo State.”
The NDLEA commander warned drug dealers to quit the illegal business or be prepared for arrest and prosecution.
He added that the suspect would soon be charged to court on completion of investigation.