TimeTestedNews |NDLEA uncovers meth, opioid consignments at courier firms in Lagos

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The crooked attempts by drug syndicates to export illicit substances including various quantities of methamphetamine and opioids concealed in hems of new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap and tins of milo beverage to Europe, the United Arab Emirate, and Asia have been thwarted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at some courier firms in Lagos. 

Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director, of Media & Advocacy, in a release disclosed that some of the consignments intercepted by NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, at courier houses in Lagos including tramadol 225mg concealed in hems of new jeans trousers heading to Cyprus; shipment of cannabis sativa hidden in heads of dolls going to Dubai, UAE; sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage going to UAE and another set of the same drug hidden in local soap also going to UAE as well as a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons heading to Hong Kong.

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“A shipment of another illicit substance coming from Florida, USA, was equally intercepted at a courier firm while the recipient, Daniel Ogi, was tracked by NDLEA officers and arrested at 5 Akeem Shittu Street, Ajao Estate, Lagos, on Friday, 24th November 2023,” he stated.

Operatives in Lagos on Friday, December 1 also arrested an alleged drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who specialisesd in exploiting and recruiting young citizens to export meth to Asian countries. 

He was arrested at Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos with 60 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.009 kilograms. 

In another operation in Lagos, operatives on Friday, December 1 recovered 393kgs of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin, while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud was arrested by the police at Victoria Island and transferred to Lagos Command of NDLEA on Friday, December 1 with 154 parcels weighing 92kgs. 

According to Babafemi, a team of NDLEA operatives also intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos and recovered 108kgs of cannabis from it, while 675 kilograms of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos.

’In Edo, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday 29th November stormed the Ujiogba forest, Esan West LGA where they recovered 5,988 kilograms of cannabis already processed and ready for distribution while a 22-year-old, Mson Bunde (a.k.a Tete Peter Joseph) found in a hut on the cannabis farm was arrested,” Babafemi stated