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NDLEA smashes int’l drug syndicate, seizes Loud consignments, arrests 5


Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have smashed an international drug syndicate with networks in parts of Nigeria, South Africa and Thailand. No fewer than five members of the cartel were also arrested in a two-week intelligence led operations in Lagos, Abia and Anambra states.

The Agency’s Spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi in a statement yesterday said the suspects were arrested following the seizure of their illicit drug consignments at the NAHCO import shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

Babafemi said the unraveling of the drug cartel started on Sunday April 20, when their cargo of four big suitcases arrived the NAHCO shed on an Air Peace airline flight from Johannesburg, South Africa. After days of close monitoring and investigation, the first suspect, Umeh Chisom Peter, was arrested on Wednesday April 24, after he showed up to pick two of the suitcases containing Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis owned by a Thailand based member of the syndicate, Obum Michael.

The consignment of four parcels was concealed in false bottoms of the two suitcases, while the four suitcases contain a total of 17.6 kilograms Loud and drug candies.

Another member of the syndicate, Mrs. Chiwendu Uche Ugbe whose South Africa based husband, Aloytus Uche Ugbe sent some of the consignments, was traced to Anambra State where NDLEA officers arrested her on Saturday April 27, while attempting to collect the drug parcels sent to her by her husband.

Two other suspects: Onyejakor Francis Chimezie and Naaji Valentine Chukwukere, with links to the cartel were also arrested in parts of Lagos on Monday April 29. Their arrest led to another operation in Abia State where one Mrs. Chinazo Osigwe was arrested when she was about to pick-up some of the parcels containing Loud and drug candies sent by her husband, Osigwe Chidiebere Anthony who is equally operating from South Africa.

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