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  • Updated: June 23, 2024

NDLEA busts snake guarded shrine used to store illicit drugs

NDLEA busts snake guarded shrine used to store illicit drug

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, busted a snake-guarded shrine used to store illicit drugs in Igor Community in Benin City, Edo State.

NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

The operatives made the move after detecting a specially constructed large hole storage in a wall covered with wallpapers and fetish objects.

According to Babafemi, different quantities of illicit substances such as Methamphetamine, Loud, Colorado and Arizona, all strong strains of cannabis with a total weight of 8.743 kilograms, were pulled out from the deep hole dug in the wall of the shrine building.

He also said, "Two ladies, Sonia Chinonso Ezumezu and Risikatu Tijani were arrested during the intelligence-led operation on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, after the big black snake guarding the shrine was demobilised.

In the same vein, two suspects – Obi Ferguson, 45, and Ernest Abanum, 46, were arrested on Saturday, June 22 when NDLEA operatives raided the Usen Forest in Ovia South West local government area of Edo State where 209kg cannabis and a motorcycle were recovered.

Meanwhile, NDLEA officers in Lagos have intercepted a carefully packaged consignment of 8.2 kilograms of methamphetamine at a motor park in the Mazamaza area of Ojo in the state.

The highly addictive illicit substance, also called ‘ice’ or ‘crystal meth’ was packed in imported Dunkin’ turtle love chocolate wraps and then concealed in the casing of three loudspeakers.

Babafemi said a 39-year-old suspect, Michael Odiomume who was sending the consignment to Owerri, Imo State was promptly arrested on Wednesday, June 19, at the park.

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