The Plateau State Police Command has seized a major shipment of cannabis sativa, commonly known as marijuana, during a regular patrol and inspection in the state capital.
The State Police Commissioner, CP Julius Alawari, announced to the press that a driver and three other individuals were taken into custody on Thursday by the police personnel and are currently under investigation as authorities work to uncover the key players involved in the illegal trade.
Commissioner Alawari detailed how the truck carrying the illicit cargo was intercepted in the Qata area of Jos South local government during a routine patrol.
The cannabis was cleverly hidden in the truck, camouflaged by packets of gin. He further disclosed that during the vehicle’s search, over one hundred bags of marijuana were discovered cleverly concealed within the truck.
The driver and the three other individuals apprehended professed ignorance about the illegal substance in the sacks. “Late last night around 10:30 p.m., our patrol team made a vital interception of a truck carrying cannabis hidden behind boxes of dry gin.
Four suspects were arrested: the driver and three others. Although they claimed they were transporting the items from Lagos to Plateau State, our patrolling officers apprehended them.
Investigations are ongoing to identify and apprehend the individual who dispatched them”, said Alawari. The driver, whose name has been withheld, told the press that he was given the sacks in Nasarawa State to transport them to Jos, Plateau State and was clueless about what they contained until the police patrol team discovered the marijuana during the vehicle search.