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Nearly 10,000 kilograms of cannabis seized in raids across 12 states in Nigeria

Oct 17, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Pregnant woman and nursing mother among the 29 people caught with illicit cannabis or other drugs

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A pregnant woman in Nigeria has landed in hot water after being found with cannabis.

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Fifty-six blocks of illegal cannabis, weighing about 31 kilograms, were recovered from a man and a married pregnant woman in Potiskum, the largest city in Yobe State, according to Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The cannabis was found during a raid, the agency reports.

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The country’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act notes it is an offence to conspire with, aid, abet, counsel or attempt to commit a breach of the act. Doing so makes the perpetrator liable upon conviction of being sentenced to imprisonment for not less than 15 and not more than 25 years.

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For its part, Nigeria’s Indian Hemp Act states cannabis is illegal to plant, cultivate, import, export, sell, possess, use or have related paraphernalia.

The unlawful importation or sale of cannabis “shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on conviction to be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of not less than 21 years.” And even those found smoking or unlawfully possessing weed, regardless of amount, are subject to at least four years imprisonment, without the option of a fine, upon conviction.

Other women have, in fact, pretended to be pregnant to smuggle weed.

Earlier this year near the Brazil-Paraguay border, a woman was caught after fashioning a 6.1-kilogram baby bump full of cannabis. The disguise, though, did little to confuse the keen senses of a drug-sniffing dog.

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Also in South America, a woman’s bundle of joy, namely 15 bricks of cannabis, was delivered to the authorities in 2019 after she and a companion were stopped while travelling by bus near the Argentina-Chile border.

The woman’s faux pregnancy was revealed when her travel companion on the long-distance bus ride to Santa Oliva was busted with a small bag of weed in his carry-on luggage.
The woman’s faux pregnancy was revealed when her travel companion on the long-distance bus ride to Santa Oliva was busted with a small bag of weed in his carry-on luggage. Photo by Argentina Minister for Security

With regards to the latest NDLEA roundup, the pregnant woman was just one of more than two dozen people involved in a range of cannabis- and narcotics-related offences in Nigeria in recent days.

In another incident, this time in the village of Chukuku, a 35-year-old woman implicated in illegal weed may not have been pregnant, but she was still nursing.

NDLEA reports operatives stormed the village on Oct. 15 and raided a large cannabis warehouse on site. “A total of 510 jumbo bags of the illicit substance weighing 5,640 kilograms were recovered from the store and a nursing mother in charge” was arrested, the post states.

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In recent days, the NDLEA carried out raids across 12 states and ended up arresting 29 people and seizing, among other things, 9,437.6 kilograms of cannabis and 138,053 tablets of pharmaceutical opioids.

The cannabis finds included 99 bags of weed and three bags of seeds weighing 1,286 kilograms, 410 kilograms of marijuana, 50 bags of pot weighing 623 kilograms and 266.8 kilograms of bud.

Additionally, four cannabis farms were shut down and nine Ghanaians were each convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison after earlier attempting to smuggle just almost 10,845 kilograms of cannabis into Nigeria by sea.

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