An operation targeting major illicit drug syndicates in Lagos State has led to the arrest of a baroness and four other kingpins as well as the seizure of multi-billion naira worth of Cocaine, Opioids, and Loud.
The operatives of a special unit of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, stormed the residence of the drug baroness, identified as Faith Ebele Nwankwo, in the Festac area of the State, on Wednesday.
According to the Agency’s Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, the suspect just returned from a warehouse at Plot 3432 Sola Akinsola Street, Divine Estate, Amuwo Odofin where she loaded eight cartons of tramadol 225mg into an unmarked white Honda Pilot SUV.
A search of her residence, located at House 6, C close, 3rd Avenue, and the warehouse led to the recovery of Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand (2,750,000) pills of tea making, a brand of tramadol 225mg and 250mg packed in 39 cartons weighing 1,916 kilograms.
The drugs and the SUV were recovered while the suspect was taken into custody.
In another operation targeted at a group of transnational syndicates involved in the importation, exportation, distribution, and dealing of Cocaine and Canadian Loud, operatives of the same Special Unit of the Agency, on Friday, tracked the drug syndicate to Atlantic Nominee Estate in Lekki- Ajah area of Lagos.
The team found a blue Toyota Highlander SUV loaded with 8.49kg of cocaine and 10.3kg Canadian Loud for distribution by 32-year-old Urama Chinemelum Precious, and 55-year-old Adelakun Ilelabayo Oluade.
A follow-up operation at the residence of Chinemelum at House 7, Road 7, Lagra estate, Eti-Osa, Lagos led to the recovery of additional 18 blocks of Loud weighing 18.5kg.
On Saturday, the team also tracked another syndicate involved in the importation, distribution, and diversion of ephedrine hydrochloride, a precursor chemical used for the production of methamphetamine, following intelligence that members of the cartel were planning to divert 25 kilograms of the substance.
Two members of the syndicate, 53-year-old Udeh Vincent Ogbonna and Okonkwo 50-year-old Ifeanyi Uzozie, were arrested at a commercial bus terminal in Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos, where they were attempting to send the concealed substance to the South East.
A body search conducted on the two suspects led to the recovery of Three Thousand ($3,000) US Dollars found on Udeh Vincent Ogbonna.
In operations conducted at Ogun, Ondo, Edo, and Nasarawa States, NDLEA operatives recovered over 13,391.8 kilograms of skunk.
No fewer than 1,955kgs of the illicit substance packed in 139 jumbo bags and stored in the warehouse of a wanted notorious drug dealer, Lekan Jimoh (aka Konmo Konmo) in Ado Odo Ota area of Ogun State were recovered in the early hours of Saturday in collaboration with officers and men of the Nigerian Army.
In Ondo, Ogbu Paul Odey, 30; Daniel Osidi, 34; John Iyage, 41; Friday Simon, 28; and Friday James, 24, were arrested in connection with the seizure and/or destruction of over 10,325.5kgs of cannabis sativa in Iju and Ala forests, in Akure between Wednesday and Thursday.
While 22-year-old James Aga was arrested during the raid of an uncompleted building on the outskirts of Utese town in Ovia North East LGA of Edo State on Friday with 10kg skunk, 976kg of the same substance was recovered from the building in addition to the recovery of four motorcycles.
In an earlier operation in Utese forest on Tuesday 8th August, at least 46.545kgs of skunk were recovered and 1.581146 hectares of cannabis farms destroyed.
Two suspects, Onyelunisue Azuka, 48, and Abraham Ayomide, 30, were arrested in connection with the seizure.
In Nasarawa State, 49-year-old Umar Abdullahi was arrested on Friday with 64.8kgs of cannabis sativa in Doma LGA, while NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, on Wednesday, intercepted a 4.5kg consignment of Loud coming from the United States at a courier firm in Lagos.
Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men of the Special Unit for being proactive and pragmatic in the operations.
He also applauded those in Ogun, Ondo, Edo, and Nasarawa Commands as well as the DOGI for their zeal and professionalism.
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