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NDLEA recovers N8.8bn worth of tramadol, nabs suspect in Lagos

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 The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has recovered no less than 13 451 466 pills of tramadol 225mh worth N8 860 000 000 in street value in Lagos The Director Media and Advocacy Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja Babafemi said that operatives of the agency had also arrested the suspected drug baron Chukwukadibia Ugichukwu in connection to the recovered drugs He said that the operatives raided one of the mansions of the suspect in the highbrow residential estate Victoria Garden City Lekki area of Lagos He said that the arrest of Ugochukwu who was the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd was coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory in the residence of another suspected drug kingpin in the estate The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chris Nzewi was arrested on Saturday July 30 along with a chemist Sunday Ukah who was said to have cooked the illicit drug for him At least 258 74 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and various precursor chemicals used for the production of the toxic drug were reportedly recovered from Nzewi s home during his arrest Babafemi said that following credible intelligence NDLEA operatives on Friday Sept 30 stormed the Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52 year old billionaire drug kingpin A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg This was in a carton which contained 13 451 466 pills of the drug while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house same day he said Babafemi said that before his arrest Ugochukwu who hails from Ihiala local government area of Anambra had been on the agency s watch list The suspect he said was as one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria Preliminary investigation shows that he has about six mansions within the VGC One of which he uses to warehouse the tramadol consignment while he lives in the one at Plot Z 130 Road 67 and another as his office Five exotic vehicles had also been located in two of his mansions out of which two SUVs including a bullet jeep had been successfully removed to the agency s facility he said Reacting to the latest drug haul the Chairman NDLEA retired Brig Gen Buba Marwa commended the officers and men involved in the operation for their diligence Marwa also appreciated Nigerians for supporting the agency in its arduous task of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking According to him I ll like to reassure Nigerians and other stakeholders wherever they are located across the country This assurance is coming beyond our preparedness to work with them on this onerous task of saving our people from the drug scourge This partnership is a further warning to the drug barons and cartels that there is no hiding place for them anymore This is because we remain on their trail and we ll always get them he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
NDLEA recovers N8.8bn worth of tramadol, nabs suspect in Lagos

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has recovered no less than 13, 451,466 pills of tramadol 225mh worth N8,860,000,000 in street value in Lagos .

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Media and Advocac

The Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

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Chukwukadibia Ugichukwu

Babafemi said that operatives of the agency had also arrested the suspected drug baron, Chukwukadibia Ugichukwu, in connection to the recovered drugs.

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Victoria Garden City

He said that the operatives raided one of the mansions of the suspect in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City, Lekki area of Lagos.

Autonation Motors Ltd

He said that the arrest of Ugochukwu, who was the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd was coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory in the residence of another suspected drug kingpin in the estate.

News Agency

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chris Nzewi, was arrested on Saturday, July 30, along with a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who was said to have cooked the illicit drug for him.

At least, 258.74 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and various precursor chemicals used for the production of the toxic drug were reportedly recovered from Nzewi’s home during his arrest.

Plot A45 Road

Babafemi said that following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday, Sept., 30 stormed the Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin.

Tramadol Hydrochloride

“A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg.

“This was in a carton which contained 13,451,466 pills of the drug, while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house same day, ” he said.

Babafemi said that before his arrest, Ugochukwu, who hails from Ihiala local government area of Anambra had been on the agency’s watch list.

The suspect, he said, was as one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria.

“Preliminary investigation shows that he has about six mansions within the VGC.

Plot Z-130 Road

“One of which he uses to warehouse the tramadol consignment, while he lives in the one at Plot Z-130 Road 67 and another as his office.

“Five exotic vehicles had also been located in two of his mansions, out of which two SUVs including a bullet jeep had been successfully removed to the agency’s facility, ” he said.

Buba Marwa

Reacting to the latest drug haul, the Chairman, NDLEA, retired, Brig.- Gen. Buba Marwa, commended the officers and men involved in the operation for their diligence.

Marwa also appreciated Nigerians for supporting the agency in its arduous task of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

According to him, “I’ll like to reassure Nigerians and other stakeholders wherever they are located across the country.

“This assurance is coming beyond our preparedness to work with them on this onerous task of saving our people from the drug scourge.

“This partnership is a further warning to the drug barons and cartels that there is no hiding place for them anymore.

“This is because, we remain on their trail and we’ll always get them, “he said.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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