Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, say they have arrested a trans-border drug dealer – Anietie Okon Effiong – with three drums of crystal methamphetamine, locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, believed to have been imported from India.
The agency said the consignment weighing 90 kilograms and loaded into a commercial bus with licence plate number RSH 691XC, at Ojuelegba in Lagos, was intercepted during a stop and search operation along Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene highway on Saturday 6th August, 2022.
Femi Babsfemi is the director of media and advocacy of the agency.
He said: “The dangerous drug packed 30kg in each drum was meant for Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong, who was arrested in a follow-up operation at Oron beach in Oron,
“The recovered Meth drums were meant for onward delivery to the Republic of Cameroon.
“This comes on the heels of four seizures of the same illicit substance weighing 4.074kg going to Australia, Indonesia and Philippines with a 3kg cannabis Sativa heading to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates at some courier companies in Lagos.
“The consignments were concealed in body cream, hot burner iron and beads.”
In a related development, a 90-year-old retired soldier, Usman Adamu, was arrested in Sokoto last Wednesday in Mailalle, Sabon Birni Local Government Area, for supplying bandits with illicit drugs.
Adamu was arrested with 5.1kg of cannabis sativa.
At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia Local Government Area, Edo State, resident in Italy, Solo Osamede, was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin.
He was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion while attempting to board a Turkish Airline flight to Milan, Italy, via Istanbul, Turkey, on July 30.
The swallowed wraps of drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on August 1.
In the same vein, a female passenger, Jatau Lydia Lami, was arrested at the Lagos airport for attempting to export 1,700 tablets of Tramadol 225mg concealed in her luggage to Istanbul, Turkey, via a Turkish Airline flight on July 31.