A 27-year-old pregnant woman has been arrested in one of the two clandestine drug stores raided by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), with 1,442 kilogrammes of skunk in Lagos.
According to the spokesman for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, who made this known on Sunday, stated that four men, including a 62-year-old, were also arrested with 182,000 tablets of Tramadol during the raid.
Babafemi said that the pregnant woman was arrested on December 17 when operatives of NDLEA raided her store and home in the Ojo area of Lagos State, adding that another suspect was also nabbed with 29kg of the illicit drug in the same location.
“The previous day, December 16, operatives had equally raided a hideout in Abule-Egba area of the state.
“This was where the suspects were arrested with 182,000 tablets of Tramadol in 225mg.
“In similar raids across eight other states of Rivers, Kogi, Benue, Adamawa, Anambra, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo, more than 4,000 kilogrammes of assorted illicit drugs were seized,” Mr Babafemi also stated.
He added that during a routine stop and search at Obigbo, on Aba-Port Harcourt expressway on December 18, NDLEA intercepted a consignment of Tramadol.
The consignment, he explained, was concealed in a commercial Toyota Hiace bus with a waybill addressed to another suspect.
A follow-up operation led to the other suspect’s arrest.
Different quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Indian hemp, Tramadol, Exol-5, Swinol, and Diazepam were recovered from the second suspect, Mr Babafemi added.
“In Kogi, one suspect was arrested with 95.945kg of Indian hemp at Egba Town.
“A suspect was arrested with 10.5kg Indian hemp on the Okene-Lokoja Highway while yet another was arrested with 65kg Indian hemp on the same road.
“No fewer than 20,000 capsules of Tramadol coming from Onitsha, Anambra, were seized at Otukpo, Benue and a suspect arrested.
“In Adamawa, a search operation in a house at Ajiya Street, Jimeta, led to the arrest of a female suspect with 16 pinches of cocaine,” he also stated.
Mr Babafemi added that a raid at Success Line, Marine Modern Market, Onitsha, led to the seizure of 234kg Indian hemp and the arrest of a suspect.
He stated also that one suspect was arrested in Okpuje, Owan West LGA on December 18, with 481kg Indian hemp and another suspect with 81kg at Sobe.
“In Ekiti, 1,420kg of Indian hemp was recovered from Ara in Ikole LGA; while in Akure, Ondo State, operatives arrested one female suspect in her residence at Itamo Igoba with 573kg Indian hemp.
“In other parts of the state, 450kg of Indian hemp was seized on Ipele-Idoani Road, and 420.5kg Indian hemp also recovered at Ogkogu camp, Ipele, both in Owo LGA,” Mr Babafemi stated.
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