NDLEA busts warehouse seizes drugs worth N4.7 billion

Officers from the special operations unit of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Aba have uncovered a cartel allegedly led by three suspected drug barons.

According to Femi Babafemi, spokesperson for the agency, the discovery was made public on Sunday in Abuja.

The agency reported that the suspects have been apprehended, and the warehouses associated with the drugs have been dismantled.

Furthermore, it was disclosed that consignments containing substances believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine were confiscated during the operation.

The agency estimates that the street value of the seized drugs could exceed N4.1 billion.

Mr. Babafemi stated that the special operation was carried out between June 13 and 14 at Boundary Avenue and a residence on Ohia Road in Aba.

“Months of intelligence gathering led to the arrest of the leaders and the seizure of 20.76 kg of cocaine and methamphetamine from them,” he said.

He also said the operatives of the agency in Lagos State uncovered an expansive warehouse stocked with a large consignment of a substance suspected to be codeine-based syrup located in Kirikiri.

Mr Babafemi said four persons were suspected to be connected with the importation and distribution of the substance.

He said they were arrested during an intelligence-led raid on the facility.

“No fewer than 82,000 bottles of the opioid worth more than N600 million in street value were recovered from them.

“Also, a truck and two buses used for distributing the substance were recovered from the premises on June 10,” he said.

(NAN)


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