By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted illicit drugs concealed in the statue of virgin Mary and auto spare parts and spices heading to Canada and United Arab Emirate (UAE).
The narcotics agents from directorate of operations and general investigations, embedded in two courier companies in Lagos, seized 500grammes of heroin going to Canada and hidden inside auto spare parts from one of the courier firms, while 140grammes of Methamphetamine going to Philippines and concealed inside statue of Mary was seized in another courier company.
Director of media and advocacy, NDLEA,
Femi Babafemi, said the director, operations and general investigations, Adeyemi Adeofe, disclosed that 3.1 kg of cannabis going to UAE concealed inside spices, and another kilogramme of cannabis going to UAE concealed inside local herbs, were intercepted and seized.
In a related development, the Ondo State command of the NDLEA has, in series of raids between April 6 and 20, 2021, across the state, arrested 31 suspects from whom 275.552kg of assorted illicit drugs were recovered.
According to the acting commander of the state command, Callys Alumona, the sting operations were carried out to curb the increasing rate of drug abuse among the youths and even the elderly in Ondo State.
He said, this has led to the arrest of 31 suspects, which include 24 males, and 7 females. He added that the illicit drugs seized, “consist of 74.285kgs of cannabis sativa, 267grammes of psychotropic substances; 201Kgs of skuchies (a combination of cannabis, tramadol, ethanol, and zobo), while many of the drug spots have been dismantled.”
In another development, operatives of the Akwa Ibom State command of the agency also intercepted and seized 62.150kg of illicit drugs in Oron and in Uyo areas of the state.
The state commander of the NDLEA, Mrs Obot Bassey, said four suspects were arrested in the sting two operations carried out on Thursday, 22nd and Friday 23rd April, 2021.
Chairman/chief executive of the agency, Brig General Mohamed Marwa (retd), in his reaction, commended the officers and men of operations and general investigations directorate as well as those of Ondo and Akwa Ibom States for their steadfastness and commitment to the new operational maxim of offensive action.
He charged them to stay focused and do more to rid every part of the country of the scourge of drug abuse and trafficking.