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NDLEA Shatters Drug Syndicate, Capture Five Suspects in Major Bust

Officers from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have dismantled an international drug syndicate that included networks in areas of South Africa, Nigeria, and Thailand.

Not less than five cartel members were also taken into custody during a two-week intelligence-led operation in the states of Lagos, Abia, and Anambra after their illicit narcotics consignments were seized in the NAHCO import shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

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The narcotics cartel’s disintegration began on Sunday, April 20, when its cargo of four large bags arrived at the NAHCO shed on an Air Peace airline aircraft from Johannesburg, South Africa, according to a statement released by NDLEA spokesperson Femi Babafemi on Sunday.

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Babafemi claims that the four boxes that were hidden in the fake bottoms of the two bags contained a total of 17.6 kg of narcotic and loud candies.

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He said that another syndicate member, Mrs. Chiwendu Uche Ugbe, whose husband, Aloytus Uche Ugbe, is based in South Africa, sent some of the consignments, was tracked down to the state of Anambra, where she was detained by NDLEA officers on Saturday, April 27, while trying to retrieve the drug packages her husband had sent her.

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Onyejakor Francis Chimezie and Naaji Valentine Chukwukere, two other individuals connected to the cartel, were also taken into custody on Monday, April 29, at various locations in Lagos. [CONTINUE READING HERE]

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