NDLEA Smashes Inter-State Drug Ring


*Says Cartel Operates Between Kogi, Nasarawa and Benue

Ernest Omoarelojie


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have again busted three major interstate drug rings. According to the agency, the cartel is the conduit of illicit substances to some states in the North, including the skunk and cocaine with a combined weight of over 843kg recovered from them.
The seizure was made on Monday, July 12, when they were intercepted at a jetty in Idah, Kogi state with a Toyota Avalon car, registration number, Lagos SMK 345 CG, loaded with 487kg of cannabis. The vehicle, which was ferried across the waterways from Agenebode, Edo State to the Jetty, was seized and the syndicate leader arrested. The move to ferry the consignment through waterways is described by the agency as an attempt by the leader of the cartel, one 45 year-old Augustine Emmanuel, to evade the agency’s interdiction efforts.
“They were however intercepted on Monday 12th July, 2021 at a Jetty in Idah, Kogi State, where a Toyota Avalon car with registration number: Lagos SMK 345 CG, loaded with 487kg of cannabis and ferried across the waterways from Agenebode, Edo State to the Jetty in Idah, was seized and the syndicate leader arrested.
Meanwhile, the agency also bursted another drug ring in Nasarawa state on Thursday, July 8. During the operation which led operatives to what the agency described as “one of the most hostile drug joints in the state capital, cannabis and other psychotropic substances, weighing 356kg were recovered. The raid led to the arrest of the most wanted drug lord, simply known as” Bogie” whose drug distribution network is alleged to traverse Kano, Plateau, Benue and a chunk of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
“In Nasarawa State, a team of NDLEA operatives had on Thursday 8th July raided one of the most hostile drug joints in the state capital. About 356kg of cannabis and various psychotropic substances were recovered, with the arrest of four major drug dealers including the most notorious drug kingpin in Nasarawa state called “Boogie” while his real name is Muhammed Umar.
His drug distribution tentacles cut across Kano, Plateau, Benue and parts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja,” NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, told newsmen.
Babafemi also disclosed that some quantities of cocaine were equally intercepted in Benue state between Thursday, July 8 and Tuesday July 13 during which the dealer, one Aondosoo, was picked up in the state capital with 28.6grams of crack cocaine. He allegedly told operatives that his supplier, one Henry Ezeomah, would be supplying more from Obosi, Anambra state, in the early hours of Friday. True to his claim, Ezeomah showed on the said date and was immediately arrested with a 29.17grams consignment of crack cocaine.
“…some quantities of cocaine were intercepted in Benue on 8th, 9th and 13th July. The first dealer, John Aondosoo was arrested in Makurdi on Thursday with 28.6grams of crack cocaine and after initial interrogation, it was discovered that his supplier, Henry Ezeomah would bring more supplies in the early hours of Friday from Obosi, Anambra. Indeed, the supplier was arrested last Friday with 29.17grams of crack cocaine. In another raid on Tuesday, July 13, the Benue command also seized some quantities of cocaine.” NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, told newsmen.

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