A total of 606 grams of Canadian Loud ― synthetic strain of cannabis have been recovered from the palatial residence of ex-beauty queen, Ms. Aderinoye Queen Christmas in Lagos State.
Ms. Queen Oluwadamilola Aderinoye who has been declared wanted by the agency, was Miss Commonwealth Nigeria Culture 2015/2016 and founder of Queen Christmas Foundation.
Spokesman of the anti narcotic agency, Femi Babafemi who confirmed this in a statement on Sunday said this was after she escaped from her Lekki, Lagos residence when NDLEA operatives raided her apartment at Oral estate, Lekki on Wednesday 24th January following credible intelligence she deals in illicit substances.
Babafemi said an electronic weighing scale, large quantities of drugs in plastic containers, a black RAV 4 SUV marked Lagos KSF 872 GQ, and the suspect picture frame were also recovered during the raid.
The NDLEA spokesman also said the Nigerian Navy also intercepted
318 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 190.8kg
The consignment was concealed in a gold colour Honda Accord Car marked RBC 449AE, on Wednesday January 24, 2024 at Itobe Navy checkpoint in Ofu Local Government Area inKogi State.
Two suspects Paul Obor, 38, and Dennis Fuokorighe, 48 were arrested in connection with the crime.
Two other suspects, Mohammed Usman and Adamu Ma’azu were also nabbed on Saturday 27th January with 49 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 50kg at Damaturu motor park, Damaturu in Yobe State.
Elsewhere at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja, operatives of NDLEA also arrested a Brazil returnee, Udechukwu Ekene Theophilus at the Murtala Muhammed for ingesting 60 big wraps of cocaine.
The suspect was arrested during inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the D-Arrival Hall of the Lagos airport on Sunday 21st January 2024, according to NDLEA
after he initially refused to undergo body scan, raising health concerns in a desperate bid to evade arrest.
The NDLEA statement said when he was however offered other options, he accepted to be placed on excretion observation and shortly after he was ushered into NDLEA observatory, he excreted the first set of cocaine pellets, after which he expelled a total of 60 wraps of the class A drug weighing 1.279 kilograms in five excretions.
Udechukwu told NDLEA that he ingested the consignment in Brazil and was to discharge everything at the airport in Addis Ababa but could only excrete 15 pellets which he handed over to another member of his syndicate before his connecting flight to Nigeria was called.
Similarly, NDLEA operatives at the Lagos airport on Tuesday 23rd January recovered a total of twelve (12) cartons of tramadol 225mg containing five hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred (599,900) pills weighing 385.40kg from an overstayed cargo at the SAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport after a joint examination with other agencies.
The tramadol consignment had come into the country in two batches on KLM Royal Dutch Airline flights from Karachi, Pakistan between 27th July and 1st August 2023. They were however placed under watch by NDLEA operatives since then, according to the NDLEA.