NDLEA recovers cocaine, heroin from Anambra monarch’s palace

…Nabs trafficker with 3 parcels of cocaine at Lagos airport

NDLEA, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Operatives of the Anambra State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,

NDLEA has busted a drugs ring in Anambra State and recovered 58.5 grams of cocaine

and 13.9 grammes of heroin concealed in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state.

The Agency, in a statement by Femi Babafemi, the spokesman, said:

“Investigations are ongoing to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace

so the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment,”

quoting Muhammadu Misbahu Idris, the Anambra State Commander of the NDLEA.

the Agency disclosed that a notorious and wanted drug trafficker, Hassan Bishi Taiwo, has been arrested by operatives of

the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA and Command of NDLEA.

NDLEA said; the suspect was caught with three parcels of cocaine

concealed in a false bottom created in his suitcase.

The agency added that preliminary investigations revealed that Hassan,

who intercepted at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA at the weekend upon arrival onboard Ethiopian airlines at 1:30pm Friday,

has been plying the illicit trade through the Middle East routes for some time.


According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the Agency, and Ahmadu Garba:

“The suspect came into Nigeria through Addis-Ababa because he actually travelled to Addis-Ababa from Abuja”.

“Upon a thorough search, we discovered another ticket on him while our findings also show that he has been plying his criminal trade

through some Middle East countries.”

In the same vein, narcotics officers attached to a courier company in Lagos intercepted 500grammes of unaccompanied cocaine going to

the United Arab Emirates and concealed inside the walls of packed cartons containing clothes and another 480g of unaccompanied methamphetamine going to China was recovered from the same courier company.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA and Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) has commended the Commanders,

men and officers involved in the operations for their vigilance.

He charged them to continue with the vigour of the offensive action maxim of the new leadership of the lead anti-drug agency.



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