The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has dismantled a secret laboratory for the production of Hashish Oil from cannabis at an apartment on No. 7, Imam Augusto Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Hashish is a drug made from the resin of the cannabis plant and it is consumed by inhaling from a small piece, typically in a pipe, bong, vaporizer or joint, or via oral ingestion. .
NDLEA also recovered a gun and 13 rounds of live ammunition. The agency’s spokesman, Jonah Achema, said the laboratory was the first ever to be discovered by the agency.
Achema stated that the suspected owner of the laboratory, Oladapo Ifedayo Oluseyi Adedayo, engaged in indoor growing of cannabis sativa and processing same into hashish oil through extraction.
The suspect is a graduate of the University of Southern Denmark with a degree in Electronic Engineering. “Aged 42, the suspect claimed to have been pushed into the hydroponic cannabis growing and Hashish Oil extraction following the collapse of his Inverter, Metering and Solar Installation Company in 2019.
He said he noticed that there is so much money to be made in view of the high demand for Hashish oil in the international market as a curative medicine for cancer,” he said.
The expansive premise was well fortified with protective dogs and himself well armed, ostensibly to put up resistance from the suspected onslaught of law enforcement agencies.
Several drug exhibits were recovered which include 911 grams of Cannabis seeds, 21 Kilograms of Cannabis infused Ethanol, 83 grams of Hashish Oil 123mg THC-70 CBD.
1.127 Kilograms of Cannabis Cream, 80 grams of fresh Cannabis plant and 25 grams of dried Cannabis plant were also recovered. Other items found in the active laboratory are: 500 grams of Potassium Hydroxide Pellets, Propyl Alcohol.
Two vehicles belonging to the suspect were seized as they were suspected to have been acquired from the proceeds of illicit drug trade. Also detected are two bank accounts belonging to the suspect and one jointly operated by the suspect and his mother,” Achema added