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NDLEA arrests four major drug dealers, intercepts 24, 311kgs in Lagos

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Barely a week after the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) intercepted N6 billion worth of drugs owned by Boko Haram, the agency has arrested no fewer than four major drug dealers and impounded over 24, 311 kilograms of drugs in Lagos State.

The major drug dealers nabbed by the anti-drug agency After intercepting the drugs at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja and the Tincan seaport, Apapa, Lagos state were picked in series of sting operations between Saturday 4th Sept and Monday 6th Sept, in different parts of the state.

Among the four arrested by the anti-drug agency during search and enforcement operations within two days include Ayo Bello, who arrested at Shino Street, Palmgroove area of the state.

The over 24, 311 kilograms of drugs intercepted and seized from the dealers during enforcement include heroin, codeine as well as Arizona and Colorado variants of cannabis.

Speaking on the arrest on Sunday, the Director, Media and Advocacy for the agency, Femi Babafemi, disclosed that NDLEA personnel at the Tincan seaport, Apapa, narcotic officers intercepted a 40ft container loaded with 22,590 kilograms of Barcadin Codeine syrup on Monday 6th Sept following intelligence received from international partners on the container since May 2021.

Babafemi added: “The container was also found to include 4,020.03kg of analgesic tablets and 47 cartons of insulated hot pots used to conceal the illicit drugs, all imported from India. Equally, on Friday 10th Sept, a consignment of Colorado weighing 17.5kg and hidden inside a Grand Caravan Dodge vehicle shipped in a 40ft container from Montreal, Canada, was also intercepted and seized at the Tincan port”.

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