The suspects paraded by NDLEA.

Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, has arrested two suspects with 1.6 tonnes of weed suspected to be cannabis sativa.

Commander of NDLEA in the state, Peter Onche-Odaudu, made the disclosure while speaking with Journalists in Lafia on Thursday.

He explained that the suspects, aged 29 and 30, from Bauchi State, were travelling from Edo State to Jos in Plateau State before they were arrested by operatives of the Agency at about 8 a.m., on Tuesday in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.

Onche-Odaudu said the suspects, who were traveling in a Peugeot J5 vehicle without a registration number plate, had on Monday night, stopped on sighting NDLEA operatives from a distance, opened the bonnet and left; giving the impression that the vehicle had broken down.

He said that the operatives being suspicious of the vehicle, lurked around in the bushes all through the night until the next morning when the two suspects came to drive off and were arrested.

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The commander said that upon the search of the vehicle, bags of weeds suspected to be cannabis sativa weighing 1.6 tonnes, concealed under piles of pineapples were recovered.

He narrated that the drugs were hidden from the prying eyes of operatives under the pineapples to mask the strong odour of the weed.

“Further investigations on the matter are ongoing with a view to arresting other accomplices in the trafficking of the illicit substances,” he added.