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Drug Menace: NDLEA intercepts drugged Candies from UK, arrests NYSC member

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 22-year-old National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) member, Arnold Maniru, for importing four kilograms (kg) of drugged candies from the UK.

NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said the  corps member, serving with a government agency in Abuja, was arrested on Saturday, August 28, following the interception of a consignment at the warehouse of a transport company.

He said a controlled delivery of the parcel, which contained the candies laced with arizona, a strong variant of cannabis and some liquid, were subsequently carried out.

Also, operatives attached to courier companies in Lagos have intercepted 1.2kg of cannabis, concealed inside locally made cookies destined for Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Babafemi said 920grams of cocaine hidden inside synthetic hair heading to Saudi Arabia were also intercepted in Lagos.

“Another 1.08kg cannabis,  concealed in spray cans going to Pakistan and 625 grams of methamphetamine,  hidden in clothing heading to Australia were also seized,” he said.

Similarly, the NDLEA spokesperson said the agency intercepted over 500kilograms of illicit drugs, substances and arrested suspected traffickers in eight states.

According to him, a total of 384.7 kilograms of assorted narcotics being transported to Abuja for sale, were also intercepted and seized at patrol points in Lokoja, Kogi State.

The seizures, he said, were between August 30 and September 2, 2021.

He said a truck with registration number, Plateau AA 462 QAP, driven by a 50-year-old Danlami Dodo, coming from Onitsha, Anambra State, with Abuja, FCT as destination, was intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja.

According to him, upon search, the following psychoactive substances were discovered,  packed in sacks and cartons:

“1,975 bottles of Cough Syrup with Codeine,  weighing 282kg; 199 packets of Exol-5 tablets, weighing 75.4kg; 250 packets of Diazepam tablets weighing 15.4kg;

“Cannabis Sativa weighing 5.9kg; and one  packet of Ketamine injection, all weighing 378.7kilograms,” he said.

Babafemi also disclosed that a Toyota Hiace bus,  with registration number Lagos MUS 716 XK, coming from Ojota, Lagos to Abuja, was stopped and searched at the Lokoja patrol point.

In it, he said, six kilograms of Arizona was found sealed in cartons and stuffed in a white sack.

“In Rivers, one Obey James was arrested during a raid with 4.2grams of heroin; 1.9grams of cocaine and 5.4grams of methamphetamine.

“While in Niger, two suspects; Eze John and Michael Ifediegwu were arrested along Zungeru-Tegina road with 18kg of Exol, 5; 2kg of Tramadol and 1000 ampoules of pentazocine injection, all going to Kontagora in the State.

“In Kano, a drug dealer, Chiduzie Ibegbunam, was arrested with 16.8grams of cocaine and 0.6grams of heroin, while 158,000 monetary exhibit was recovered from him, when his joint was raided.”

The NDLEA spokesperson said 22 suspects were arrested and 43.9kilograms of illicit drugs seized In Nasarawa State.

Babafemi said that NDLEA operatives stormed notorious drug joints in Gadabuke forest, Toto LGA and Down base/timber shed,  in Nasarawa LGA, dismantled and set ablaze their makeshift homes.

“In Borno State, Caleb Okezuonu was arrested with 352 bottles of Codeine Syrup and 876 tablets of Rohypnol in a raid.

“Curiously, Caleb is on court bail, for two earlier charges filed against him by the NDLEA command in the State. The latest is his third arrest for drug-related offences.

“During the raid, 11.5grams of Tramadol and N307, 255 monetary exhibits were recovered from another suspect who escaped and has been declared wanted,” he said.

Babafemi said that a military personnel, Anayo Nwamban, was arrested on Friday, September 3.for buying and planting cannabis

He said Nwamban had bought 1.1kg of cannabis from Mami market and planted same in his elder brother’s house.

He added that the suspect then made a report to the NDLEA office with a view to implicating his brother.

“After the arrest of his supplier, he admitted purchasing and planting same in his own brother’s house,” he said.

Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the commanders, officers and men of the commands for keeping the flame burning, and maintaining the heat on drug traffickers and dealers.

He assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of their efforts and remained committed to improving their welfare, as they intensified the ongoing war against drug abuse and trafficking across the country.



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