The Cross River State Police Command has nabbed a suspect, Edet Okon, with 104 bags of items believed to be hemp, also known as marijuana.
Another two drums containing the substance was also confiscated from the suspect at Ikot-Nkese in the Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The suspect, who is in his late 50s, was paraded at the headquarters of the state Police Command in Calabar on Friday.
Edet had claimed that he was not the owner of the seized marijuana, adding that he did not know anything about it.
But speaking to PUNCH Metro, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Hogan Bassey, said the suspect was arrested in his house around 5am last Wednesday following a tip-off.
He said, “We acted based on information. The 104 bags and two drums (100 and 200 litre drums), were stocked in his house when we got there around 5am. He was arrested immediately and brought to the command headquarters.”
Bassey said the command had concluded arrangement to transfer the suspect to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for further investigation and eventual prosecution.
“From here, we will move the suspect and all the items to the NDLEA office here in Calabar for further investigation and prosecution,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bassey said that the police were ready to tackle crime during the festive season in order to maintain peaceful atmosphere.
Although he did not specify what security measures had been put in place, Bassey said some proactive steps had been taken, adding that it would yield the desired result.
He said the ban on fireworks were still on, adding that the order to arrest users of the banned substances was still in force.