NDLEA recovers N4.8bn opioids, money in Lagos

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), last Saturday, seized another multi-billion naira worth of illicit drugs in a warehouse at the  International Trade Fair Complex, Alaba, Ojo area of Lagos State.

The agency’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said illicit drugs recovered from the warehouse owned by a wanted billionaire drug baron, included: 1.4 million (1,400,000) pills of tramadol 225mg weighing 826kgs.

3.2 million (3,200,000) pills of codeine with gross weight of 3,360kgs and 2,841 cartons of codeine syrup containing 284,100 bottles with 28,410 litres of the psychoactive substance, with a combined street value of N4,820,500,000 only were also found.

According to Babafemi, “During the operation that lasted hours, a suspect, Paulinus Ojukwu, who is the Chief Security Officer to the wanted drug baron, who parades as automobile spare parts dealer, was arrested and now assisting ongoing investigation.

“The latest drug warehouse bust is coming on the heels of the arrest of a drug baroness, Faith Ebele Nwankwo, who was nabbed on Wednesday, August 9, with 2,750,000 pills of tramaking, a brand of tramadol 225mg and 250mg recovered from her residence, at House 6, C close, 3rd Avenue, Festac area of Lagos and a warehouse located at Plot 3432 Sola Akinsola Street, Divine Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos,” he said.

Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives, last Friday, intercepted $20 million suspected to be counterfeit during a stop-and-search operation along Abaji-Lokoja road, within the Federal Capital Territory.

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