The Oyo State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted baked cakes made with Cannabis sativa on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The agency also said a delivery man who was in possession of a birthday cake infused with 1.2kg of Cannabis sativa was arrested by the law enforcement officers.
The NDLEA Commander, Josephine Obi, who made this known this known to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan, said the cookies or cakes were baked with Arizona weed, a highly psychoactive variant of the marijuana family, Rohypnol, and alcohol among other ingredients such as yeast, butter, flour, sugar, milk, and chocolates.
He said, “The continuous attempt by illicit drug traffickers to outwit anti-drug agency through evil creativity is increasing at an alarming rate in different states of the country.
“The emergence of clandestine production of drugged cookies or cakes among the youths is at an alarming rate as this was uncovered by some state commands of the NDLEA formations in the country.
According to him, the products are already in supermarkets, clubs, and schools, making children the most vulnerable.
The state commander said that illicit drug traffickers were getting more creative to beat NDLEA’s operational dragnet.
Obi identified the public to disregard and lack of awareness of the awful consequences of drug abuse as reasons for the unrestricted access to illicit drugs and psychotropic substances among the youths.
“The way people have been disregarding the drug problem and epidemic in our society has made youths embrace it even more.
“It is not surprising that the youth keep on finding new ways and means to use and traffick hard drugs.
“Everyone should be extra vigilant. There is nothing these young people cannot adulterate with hard drugs, and they offer these to their mates without their knowing,” she said.
“As NDLEA battles to get illicit drug dealers, all hands have to be on deck to stop the menace of drug abuse in the state. “Some years back no one would have thought things would degenerate to this level.
“The command will leave no stone unturned to get to the manufacturer of these illicit, drug-infused cookies and cakes. “We are also going to scale up our drug abuse sensitization exercises even on the new means of disturbing these illicit and psychotropic drugs,” she said.