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  • Updated: February 25, 2024

NDLEA unravels organized crime network, seizes illicit drugs, arms

NDLEA unravels organized crime network, seizes illicit drugs

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has achieved significant progress in dismantling an organized criminal network responsible for importing illicit drugs and arms into the country.

The agency uncovered a sophisticated syndicate behind the importation of two containers loaded with drugs and assorted arms from Durban, South Africa, to the Tincan seaport in Lagos.

Several arrests have been made, including individuals involved in clearing and notifying the party, dock workers, and a suspected organizer of the syndicate.

Additionally, the NDLEA conducted raids and operations across various states, resulting in the arrest of individuals engaged in drug-related activities. Notable arrests include a sales girl and the owner of a drug joint in Edo State, as well as individuals caught trafficking opioids in different parts of the country.

During joint examinations of the containers, a substantial quantity of cocaine, synthetic cannabis (Colorado), and other illegal items were seized. Further investigations led to the discovery of additional illicit drugs concealed in empty containers at the Five Star terminal, totaling over 1,000 kilograms.

Interceptions of drug consignments destined for international destinations were also made at courier firms in Lagos. Cocaine concealed in canvas shoes bound for the UK and ecstasy hidden in a body cream container intended for Cyprus were seized by NDLEA operatives.

In response to the escalating drug menace, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), emphasized the agency's intensified efforts in the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), including advocacy efforts, sensitization lectures, and engagement with local communities to address drug demand reduction.

Efforts are underway to apprehend other suspects connected to the criminal network, and investigations continue to uncover the full extent of the syndicate's operations.

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