NDLEA uncovers N4.8b worth of opioids in Lagos warehouse

•Intercepts $20m counterfeit notes in Abuja •Arrests teenagers for psychoactive substances

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have again seized N4.8 billion worth of illicit drugs at a warehouse tucked in the heart of the popular International Trade Fair Complex, Alaba, Ojo area of Lagos State.

In a harvest of raids at the weekend, operatives also recovered from the warehouse of a wanted billionaire drug baron some 1.4 million pills of tramadol 225mg weighing 826kgs, 3.2 million 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 N4.8 billion.

Spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi, yesterday, said a suspect, Paulinus Ojukwu, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the wanted drug baron, who parades himself 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, on Wednesday, August 9, with about 2.7 million 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.

Earlier, NDLEA operatives on Friday, August 18, intercepted $20 million notes suspected to be counterfeit, during a stop and search operation along Abaji-Lokoja road, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The suspected fake monies were recovered from a bus coming from Lagos to Abuja, while the 53-year-old driver, Onyebuchi Nlededin, was arrested. The previous day, Thursday, August 17, one Jude Ndubuisi, 52, was arrested with 2.2 kilogrammes of methamphetamine during a raid operation at Kabusa village, FCT.

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