Suspected Drug Kingpin Operatives Arrested in Lagos Photo: NDLEA

Drug Trafficking: NDLEA arrests 2 suspected drug kingpins over N5bn Opioids

*The anti-narcotics regulatory agency discloses its operatives also uncovered and dismantled a clandestine ‘skuchies’ laboratory in Sagamu, Ogun State where several equipment and various illicit substances used for production of dangerous new psychoactive substances in Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said it’s operatives seized millions of Opioids pills and bottles worth over N5 billion at a warehouse, in the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos State.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Spokesman NDLEA, who confirmed the arrests Inna statement noted that the anti-narcotics regulatory agency nabbed two suspected drug kingpins by busting another Tramadol cartel at the weekend in the state.

Babafemi disclosed that the “operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the weekend busted another Tramadol cartel in Lagos with the seizure of millions of opioids pills and bottles worth over five billion Naira (N5billion) from their warehouse in Amuwo Odofin area of the state and arrest of two of the kingpins.”

He explained the NDLEA anti-narcotics officers also uncovered and dismantled a clandestine “skuchies” laboratory in a remote part of Sagamu, Ogun state where several pieces of equipment and various quantities of illicit substances used to mass produce the dangerous new psychoactive substance were recovered on Saturday.

Babafemi noted that the drug cartels took the first heat Tuesday, January 10 from determined officers who intercepted an imported consignment of Loud, a strong variant of cannabis, weighing 4, 878.72 kilogrammes along Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The NDLEA Director of Media stated that after a near-fatal encounter with some suspected fake security agents escorting the drugs, the NDLEA operatives succeeded in recovering the consignment with a white truck marked BDG 548 XX conveying it.

This was followed by the seizure of 121,630 pills of pharmaceutical opioids and some quantity of Molly from a dealer, Charles Okeke Wednesday, January 11 in the Idumota area of Lagos Island.

The agency also said its operatives last Friday tracked and located a major warehouse for pharmaceutical opioids at 17, Sir Ben Onyeka Street, off Ago Palace Way, in Amuwo Odofin area of the state while the owner of the store, Aloysius Okeke, was arrested.

The regulator disclosed the illicit drugs recovered from the warehouse during the operation include 3.2 million pills of Tramadol; 3,490 bottles of codeine and 915,000 capsules of Pregabalin 300mg.

The development came on the heels of the arrest of a suspect, Olarenwaju Lawal Wahab, who distributes for the cartel the same day.

Recovered from his white Mercedes distribution bus include 14,690 bottles of codeine-based syrup; 402, 500 tablets of Tramadol 250mg; 50,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg, and 210,000 capsules of Pregabalin 300mg.

In Abuja, NDLEA operatives raided the notorious Tora bora hills Thursday, January 12, and recovered 350.7kgs of skunk and 794 bottles of codeine hidden under rocks.

This comes as 756kgs of C/S were recovered at Dawo village, Kaga LGA, Borno, and transferred to the Agency Friday, January 13 by officers of the Nigerian Army, FOB 29 Task Force Brigade, Benishiekh, in conjunction with Hunters group, based on intelligence from the State Command of NDLEA.

Similarly, the regulatory agency said that operatives stormed Alayere, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, where they arrested a suspect, Sunday Make, with 275kgs of Cannabis Sativa and Seeds, while a total of 272kgs of C/S were recovered from two suspects: Nwele Friday, 35, and Egbe Nnaemeka, 47 at Ifo layout, Abakpa Nike, Enugu.

In Katsina, 34.3kgs of cannabis were also recovered from an uncompleted building in Muduru, Mani village after which the owner, Murtala Isiya was arrested in a follow-up operation.

In the same vein, a notorious drug dealer who is physically challenged, Abiodun Emaria, 40, was Saturday January 24 arrested with 6.2kgs of cannabis at his hideout in Ohada village, Uhunmonde LGA, Edo State.

Meanwhile, in his comment on the arrests, Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA,  charged the agency’s Officers and their compatriots across the country to sustain the heat on drug cartels in Nigeria while balancing their efforts on supply reduction with drug demand reduction activities.

Marwa applauded the Officers and Men of Lagos, FCT, Ondo, Enugu, Borno, Katsina, and Edo Commands for the latest arrests and seizures.

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