The Kebbi Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested five suspected drug dealers for possessing 2.035 tons of illicit drugs.
The Commandant, Mr Bamaiyi Alhaji, told newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested in Jega town behind Oceanic Bank at a warehouse while offloading the illegal drugs from a vehicle.
According to Alhaji, the suspects were arrested with 2.035 tones of psychotropic substances consisting of Ceagradol tablets 920 Kg; Tramadol 836kg and Karfin Zaki 240kg,all weighing 1996 kilogrammes.
He said the drugs seized were worth N9 million in the market.
“Their intention was to distribute the drugs among their clients within the state and in the neighbouring Niger Republic and Benin Republic.
“The suspects will be charged to court after the completion of necessary investigation, “he said.
One of the suspects, Basiru Suleman, a 38-year-old man from Augie Local Government Area of the state, appealed for mercy on the grounds that they did not know the contents of the cartons in their possession.
”I swear to God we did not know what was inside the cartons; we were only doing our work as labourers – loading and off-loading property brought into the town.We are innocent,” Suleman said.