NDLEA Makes Huge Drug Haul, Arrests 9 Traffickers at Lagos, Abuja Airports

*Seizes Europe-Bound 4kg Meth
*Grabs Physically Challenged Lady, Tops Notch Dealer

Again, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have successfully foiled several attempts by agents of drug cartels to break through security at Nigeria’s main airports in Lagos and Abuja with large consignments of assorted illicit substances.

Following the botched attempt, anti Narcotics arrested no fewer than 11 members of the trafficking syndicates in connection to the seizures.

Ofor Chima Chileobi, the first on the list of those arrested in connection to seizures at the two airports, was picked up on Friday, May 20, while attempting to export a consignment of 200 blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 30.20kg, concealed in 40 sacks of bitter leaf, through the SAHCO Export Shed, a cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, to Dubai, UAE.

On the same day, anti Narcotics also seized 10 cartons of khat with a gross weight of 354.600kg, at the NAHCO Import Shed of the airport.

The following day, Saturday, May 21, a freight agent, Roland Orinami, walked into the NDLEA trap as its operatives, attached to the local wing of the Lagos airport, arrested him with1.90kg of Loud, a variant of cannabis, factory packed in some bottles while trying to send same via flight to Abuja.

A follow up operation in Abuja led to the arrest of a taxi driver, Nsikak Evans sent to collect the consignment. His confession also led to the arrest of the actual owner, Adesanya Olakunle Isaac at his house in Life Camp area of Abuja.

Adesanya, who claims to be into Information Technology, accepted ownership of the seized drug, which he said was meant for an upcoming birthday party of one of his friends.

On Tuesday, May 24, NDLEA agents nabbed another freight agent, Moshood Azeez Olaide. He was arrested at the NAHCO Export Shed of the MMIA when he presented a cargo containing psychotropic substances heading to Dubai. The illegal consignment was packed into other items such as can drinks, liquid bitters and other non-controlled drugs. The seized drugs include Tramadol 225mg, Rohypnol and MDMA.

A follow up operation led to the arrest of another suspect linked to the crime, Olagboye Selim on Friday, May 27.

Also on the same day, operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service at NAHCO Import Shed transferred 15 cartons of khat leaf with a gross weight of 256.70kg, which came into the country on Royal Air Moroc to NDLEA command at the airport.

The previous day, Monday, May 23, anti Narcotics arrested another freight agent, Lasebikan Felix Gbenga, with 200 bottles of pentazocine injection, with a brand name “Drutapent”, weighing 1.05kg. The consignment was heading to the United States of America.

Another agent, Akuta Chioma Lucy was on Thursday, May 26, arrested at the SAHCO Export Shed while attempting to export 14.75kg of khat, concealed inside other vegetable leaves and food condiments such as bitter leaf, scent leaf, pepper, all packed in bags for shipment to the United Kingdom.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, a 45-year-old Ezika Ugochukwu Nicholas from Ichida, Anaocha council area of Anambra state, was arrested on Thursday, May 26, for ingesting 60 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.037kg, on arrival from Addis Ababa aboard Ethiopian airline.

Ezika, who claims to be in shoe business before his arrest travelled to Ethiopia on May 23 on the invitation of the person who gave him the drug, which he ingested before returning into the country and into the waiting arms of NDLEA officers at the Abuja airport.

In the same vein, efforts by drug cartels to export 4kg methamphetamine concealed in nylon rolls to New Zealand were also frustrated by anti-narcotic officers attached to a courier company in Lagos just as they blocked different quantities of cannabis sativa and Tramadol hidden in soles of slippers from being shipped to Oman through the same firm.

In another breakthrough, antic Narcotics also picked up a 35-year-old physically challenged lady, Kasarachi Onumajuru, in Umudumaonu community, Mbaitoli local government area of Imo state. The notorious drug dealer, who was arrested on Sunday, May 29, is alleged to have hidden under her condition to deal drugs.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 335,820 tablets of Tramadol, Exol 5, Diazepam and Rohypnol as well as 400 bottles of codeine syrup concealed in bags of vegetables have been intercepted in Abuja in a hummer passenger bus coming from Enugu on Monday 30th May. The bus driver, Augustine James, 35, is currently helping investigation.

In Imo state, 1,111kg of cannabis sativa heading to the Orlu forest, which has become a fortress for non-state actors, was intercepted on Thursday, May 26.

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