The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday said it had smashed a make-shift warehouse for storage of Cannabis harvests in Ondo State.
This led to the recovery of 10, 210 bags of Cannabis Sativa weighing 132.730 tons. The warehouse was located in Uteh, a remote community in Ondo State.
NDLEA spokesman Jonah Achema said that the warehouse belonged to a man simply referred to as Peter.
He said that the warehouse was located in a very thick forest where all the cannabis harvested within the forest were being stored for distribution to illicit drug markets.
Peter, who is currently at large was alleged to be the Chairman of Cannabis Cultivators Association in Uteh, Ondo State.
Achema said: “The storage facility where the consignments, belonging to over 30 farmers were stored was guarded by armed men who took to their heels upon sighting NDLEA officers. The operation code named ‘Operation Thunder Strike II’ was jointly carried out by the Agency’s Special Enforcement Team along with the Agency’s Tactical teams from Ondo and Edo Commands.”
The image maker noted that the agency had earlier stormed the forest in October 2018 where it destroyed several hectares of Cannabis plantations and storage facilities in the settlements.
“This exercise has helped to financially incapacitate the cultivators and made wasted efforts of planting and harvesting. The Agency will like to assure Cannabis farmers in Ondo State and other parts of the country that they will suffer more losses through the activities of the Agency in this harvest season,” Achema said.