* Intercepts multi billion Naira illicit drugs
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Eagle-eyed operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have busted major illicit drug syndicates in Lagos, arresting a baroness and four other kingpins.
Illicit drugs, which include Cocaine, Opioids, Tramadol and Loud, estimated at multi billion Naira, were said to have been recovered from their hideouts across Lagos.
According to a statement by Femi Babafemi, Director Media and Advocacy of the agency, the female head of one of the syndicates, Faith Ebele Nwankwo, was arrested on Wednesday August 9, at her residence, at House 6, C close, 3rd Avenue, FESTAC area of Lagos, shortly after she 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 and the warehouse led to the recovery 2,750,000 pills of Tramaking, 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,” he said.
In another operation, the same Special Unit of the NDLEA on Friday 4th August tracked a drug syndicate to Atlantic Nominee Estate in Lekki- Ajah area of Lagos where a blue Toyota Highlander SUV was loaded with 8.49kg of cocaine and 10.3kg Canadian Loud for distribution by the duo of Urama Chinemelum Precious, 32, and Adelakun Ilelabayo Oluade, 55. 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.
The following day, Saturday, 5th August, operatives of the Special Unit went after another syndicate involved in 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 – Udeh Vincent Ogbonna, 53, and Okonkwo Ifeanyi Uzozie, 50 – 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.