The National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency have seized 8,852 kilograms of Canadian loud, an imported synthetic strain of cannabis, at the Eleko Beach road in the Lekki area of Lagos after a 30-minute gunfight with armed men who were escorting the consignment loaded in two long trucks.
NDLEA spokesperson Femi Babafemi, who confirmed this in a statement, said acting on credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives had laid ambush for the traffickers along the Eleko beach road in Lekki and at about 4:51 am on Thursday 4th May, two long trucks conveying the illicit consignments were flagged down but rather than stopping, the trucks escorted by armed men sped off, as a result of which there was an exchange of gunfire that lasted 30 minutes.
He said after they were overpowered by the NDLEA operatives, the truck drivers and their armed escorts escaped into the bush abandoning the trucks and the drug consignments.
While one of the trucks painted red has 149 jumbo bags weighing 6,548kg, the second one with blue colour has 53 big bags with a weight of 2,304kg, bringing the total number of bags to 202 and gross weight of both to 8,852 kilogrammes.
On the persons behind the drug, Babafemi said operatives are already on the trail of the drug lord who shipped the illicit consignment into the country.
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