The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested the most wanted drug baron in Nasarawa State, Sami Ashoko.

It also raided his warehouse where 100 bags of Indian hemp weighing 1,095.3kg were seized.

Spokesman of the agency Femi Babafemi said on Tuesday in Abuja that the same fate also befell members of another cartel who were arrested in Iyamho, Etsako West LGA of Edo State and their illicit consignment weighing 1,330kg meant for Bauchi State also seized.

According to him, both syndicates were busted on Friday while trying to distribute their illegal substances for the Easter sales.

“In Nasarawa, Ashoko, 39, who hails from Ibilo in Akoko Edo area of Edo State, was arrested in Shinge, Lafia, based on actionable intelligence. A team of operatives had stormed his warehouse in Lafia and recovered 100 bags of cannabis weighing about 1.1 tons or 1095.3 kg,” Babafemi said.

According to the Commander, Nasarawa State Command of the NDLEA, Mr. Justice Arinze, “Sami Ashoko is the most wanted drug baron who has been on our watch list in Nasarawa State.

“This seizure has beaten the previous record of 45 bags weighing about half a ton recovered in January 2021 as the highest singular seizure of cannabis since the inception of the command in 1999.

“The seized consignment was meant for Easter sales, and which he expects to sell in two weeks.”

In a related development, two members of another drug cartel, Adamu Badamasi and Adamu Abba, were also arrested the same day in Edo State while trying to move 950 compressed blocks of cannabis weighing 1,330kg, procured from Uzeba, Owan West LGA of the state to Bauchi State for Easter sales.

He quoted the Commander of the Edo State Command of the NDLEA, Mr. Buba Wakawa, saying that the arrest and seizure disrupted the Easter sales plan of the cartel, which tried to escape arrest through hinterland routes in their Peugeot J5 Space bus with registration number Lagos JJJ 722 XC.

Babafemi added that another trafficker who supplied drugs to some notorious drug joints in Abuja was at the weekend arrested along Gwagwalada expressway, FCT, with 46 compressed blocks of cannabis for drug dealers in Mabushi and Banex areas of the capital city.

The Commander, FCT Command of the agency, Mohammed Salami Sokoto, said the notorious drug supplier had confessed to be a major supplier of illicit substances to major drug joints in Abuja.