Abuja: NDLEA intercepts 4,752kg cannabis, arrests 5 drug syndicate 

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) have smashed an international drug syndicate with networks in parts of Nigeria, South Africa and Thailand.

 These  five members of the cartel were arrested in a two-weeks intelligence led operations in Lagos, Abia and Anambra states following the seizure of their illicit drug consignments at the NAHCO import shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos.

The NDLEA in statement Sunday through the director of media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi, stated  that the unraveling of the drug cartel started Sunday  April 20, when their cargo of four big suitcases arrived the NAHCO shed on an Airpeace 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.”

He stated that 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 April 27, while attempting to collect the drug parcels sent to her by her husband. 

He said 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 27 while their arrest led to another operation in Abia state where Mrs. Chinazo Osigwe was arrested when she was 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.

Meanwhile, NDLEA operatives on stop and search operation along Abuja-Abaji highway on May 1, 2024, intercepted a 40-ft gas tanker marked RBC 77XG and upon a thorough search discovered 511 jumbo sacks of cannabis sativa weighing 4,752kg concealed in the gas tank compartment of the truck.