The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reported a series of significant operations in their ongoing efforts to combat drug-related crimes:

  1. Counterfeit Money Seizure: During a routine stop and search operation along the Abaji-Lokoja road within the Federal Capital Territory, NDLEA operatives intercepted $20 million suspected to be counterfeit money. The fake currency was found in a bus traveling from Lagos to Abuja. The driver of the vehicle, a 53-year-old named Onyebuchi Nlededin, was apprehended.
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  3. Methamphetamine Arrest: On Thursday, August 17th, a 52-year-old individual named Jude Ndubuisi was arrested during a raid operation in Kabusa village, FCT, where 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine were discovered. It’s worth noting that the suspect had been previously apprehended on July 7th, 2022, with 20.75 kilograms of cannabis and was on court bail for that offense when he was arrested again for his involvement in another drug-related crime.
  4. Drug Raids in FCT: NDLEA conducted raids on two notorious drug joints in the Federal Capital Territory, Dei Dei, and Tora-Bora Hills, leading to the seizure of 82.8 kilograms of skunk, 1.8 kilograms of rohypnol, and 1.2 kilograms of diazepam on Wednesday, August 16th.
  5. Massive Drug Seizure in Lagos: In a separate operation on Saturday, August 19th, NDLEA operatives seized multi-billion naira worth of illicit drugs from a warehouse situated within the International Trade Fair Complex in Alaba, Ojo area of Lagos State. The warehouse was owned by a wanted billionaire drug baron. The haul included 1.4 million pills of tramadol 225mg weighing 826 kilograms, 3.2 million pills of codeine with a total weight of 3,360 kilograms, and 2,841 cartons of codeine syrup containing 284,100 bottles, with a combined street value estimated at N4.82 billion. A suspect, Paulinus Ojukwu, who serves as the Chief Security Officer to the wanted drug baron, was arrested during the operation and is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

These operations come in the wake of the recent arrest of a drug baroness, Faith Ebele Nwankwo, who was apprehended on August 9th with 2,750,000 pills of tramadol (a brand of tramadol 225mg and 250mg) recovered from her residence in Festac, Lagos, and a warehouse located at Divine Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.


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