The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Adamawa state says it has detected new methods of drug trafficking in the state.
The agency’s commander in Adamawa, Yakubu Kibo, said the new methods include stuffing of vehicle compartments like doors, car oil tank and spare tyres by traffickers.
Kibo explained that his command recently intercepted a suspected drug dealer in a Toyota Corolla car, with registration number Adamawa JMT 177 TH, on his way to Yola from Jalingo, Taraba state.
“During search, our officers noticed that the doors of the car were abnormally heavy when being opened and closed.
“This aroused suspicion and the driver was ordered to remove the door marts. When he opened the door compartments, the officers found that the doors were stuffed with bottles of Cough syrup with codeine.
“The discovery led to the comprehensive search of the entire vehicle and more bottles of cough syrup with codeine were found in other compartments and the arm rest inside the car.”
Kibo further said the officers found bottles of the cough syrup stuffed in the spare tyre of the vehicle.
“A total of 840 bottles weighing 62.4 kg were found concealed in the car.
“Similarly, a Toyota Starlet with registration number AT 48 YLA going to Chigari village in Fufore local government area from Yola was intercepted for search. While searching the vehicle, assorted illicit drugs weighing 18.25 kg were discovered,” the commander said.
He added that the drug found on the Starlet included Cannabis Sativa 9.2 kg, Tramadol 8.4 kg, Diazepam tablets 453 grams and Extol-5 tablets 200 grams.
Kibo then appealed to the public to join hands with the agency in the fight against drug trafficking and abuse.