The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Katsina State has intercepted a lorry loaded with cannabis sativa, psychotropic substances and cough syrups concealed in paint containers.
The NDLEA State Commandant, Hajiya Maryam Sani, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Katsina, said that the vehicle was intercepted in Katsina on Friday, following a tip-off.
“The suspects placed real paints on top, whereas the others were below to deceive people into believing it was all paints that were being transported.
“When the vehicle was stopped by our men on duty, the some of the occupants of the vehicle took to their heels while two persons were arrested”, she said.
The commandant added that the items concealed inside the paint containers included cannabis sativa wrapped with polythene materials, hundreds of bottles of cough syrups, different types of psychotropic substances and other prohibited drugs.
She expressed concern over the increasing rate of drug abuse among youth in spite of the enlightenment campaign being championed by the agency.
“The rate at which boys and girls are abusing drugs, particularly cough syrup, is alarming.
“Parents should bring their daughters who are involved in such ugly acts to us for rehabilitation from time-to-time”, she said.
The commander, therefore, solicited for the cooperation of the public in exposing the activities of those dealing in hard drugs.