The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) stormed a hotel room in the Okota area of Lagos State late on Friday, July 21, as he was preparing a recruited courier to swallow 93 pellets of cocaine meant for distribution in Italy.
Charles Uwagbale, 48, had recruited Uju Dominic, 35, from his base in Italy with the promise of coming to Nigeria, ingesting 100 pellets of cocaine on Friday, July 21, and returning to Italy on Saturday, July 22.
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The mule was lodged in the Golden Heaven Hotel upon his arrival in Nigeria, which is located at Enoma Street, off Ago-Palace Way, Okota, Isolo, Lagos.
Uwagbale had delivered 93 wraps of the Class A drug to his room around 23:45 p.m. on Friday.
The process was still in progress when NDLEA operatives stormed their hotel room after following credible intelligence.
The suspects were apprehended, and the 1.427 kilogramme drug exhibit was recovered from them.
Similarly, operatives from the Agency’s Lagos State Command, who made the arrest, had earlier raided the Mushin Akala neighbourhood on Thursday, July 20, and recovered 37.5kg of cannabis from the home of a fleeing suspect.
The anti-narcotics agency also foiled an attempt to smuggle 98 cartons containing 5,122,900 pills of Tramadol 225mg into Nigeria via the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, with an estimated street value of N3.7 billion.
Officials from the NDLEA and the Nigeria Customs Service discovered the hidden shipment at the airport and the DHL cargo warehouse. According to preliminary findings, the consignments were imported from India and Pakistan, with some of the seized consignments bound for Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Similarly, NDLEA agents in Bauchi State recovered 6,265,080 opioid pills from three suspects: Emmanuel Onyebuchi, 32, Uche Iyida, 33, and Chinedu Ezeanyim, 32.
On Wednesday, July 19, the three suspects were apprehended alongside a truck driver and his assistant at the Shopping Complex, Maiduguri Bye-Pass, Bauchi town.
On Friday, July 21, NDLEA operatives recovered 999,500 Exol-5 tablets from a shop near the market on Hong Road in Gombi, Adamawa State. Similarly, on Monday, July 17, 46,000 tramadol capsules were seized from a suspect, Paul Ajaegbu, 36, along the Owerri-Aba Road in Imo State. The same suspect was arrested for the same offence on February 9, 2023.
On Thursday, July 20, NDLEA operatives stormed the Ofosu forest in Ondo State, destroying 29 hectares of cannabis farms. During the operation, Osamezu George Chukwuemeka, 51, the farm’s owner; his wife, Kate Osamezu, 43; Agboola Wasiu, 37; and Mustapha Sanni were arrested, and 118.5 kg of processed cannabis was recovered from the farm.
On Monday, July 17, 107 jumbo bags of the same illicit substance weighing 1,132.5kg were recovered from a suspect’s warehouse in Elegbeka, Ose LGA.
On Friday, July 21, NDLEA operatives arrested a suspect, Charles Nwankwo, 50, with 610kg of cannabis in the Tamaje area of Sokoto, while their Yobe counterparts apprehended a fleeing suspect, Shaibu Musa, 29, in Dawasa. Musa offered the anti-narcotics agents a N500,000 bribe following the seizure of 36kg of skunk in his home on Wednesday, July 19.
On Monday, July 17, the agency’s operatives raided the Utese forest in Ovia North East LGA, arresting Victor Asukwo Jack with 59 bags of processed cannabis sativa weighing 640kg.
His two marijuana farms, measuring 1.49 and 2.5 hectares, were destroyed.
Endurance Chukwuma, 50, was also arrested with seven bags of processed cannabis sativa weighing 68kg, while his 0.25-hectare cannabis farm was destroyed.
On Wednesday, July 19, at Ogida, Benin City, 273 kg of cannabis was intercepted in a Toyota Sienna vehicle marked RBC 451 CM, and a suspect, Lucky Oriakhi, 41, was arrested.
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