70-year-old grandpa nabbed for drug deal

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has arrested 70-year-old grandfather, Adamu Mohammed for illicit drug deal in Borno State.

A statement by NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi disclosed this on Sunday in a statement.

Mohammed was arrested on Thursday 16th May with 2 kilograms of cannabis and 33.55grams of diazepam at Mbulamel, Biu Local Government Area of the State.

Similarly, NDLEA operatives in Yobe State also uncovered a consignment of 91.1kg opioids and 13 kilograms of cannabis going to Maiduguri, Borno State.

The illicit drugs were recovered from hidden compartments of a petrol tanker on Potiskum-Damaturu road by the operatives who arrested the driver, Ismaila Ali.

Meanwhile, NDLEA has declared a Couple, Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade better known as ‘Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun’ and Rashidat Ayinke Owoalade, alongside Bolarinwa Rashidat Ayinke), who runs a cocaine cartel from India, wanted.

This followed the arrest of four members of the syndicate in Lagos where a Sports Utility Vehicle was recovered and two houses already traced to them sealed for forfeiture to the Federal Government.

Two members of the syndicate: Imran Taofeek Olalekan and Ishola Isiaka Olalekan were arrested on April 3, 2024, according to the NDLEA statement.

This happened during their bid to export 3.40kg cocaine on a Qatar Airlines flight going to Oman through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja Lagos.

While Imran was the courier conveying the drug consignment to Oman, Ishola recruited him for the head of the cartel, which investigation has now revealed to be Alhaji Kazeem Omogoriola Owoalade whose Indian residence permit bears Abdul Qassim Adisa Balogun based in India.

The statement also said efforts to dismantle his network in Nigeria paid off after five weeks of surveillance and follow up operations when another member of the syndicate, Hamed Abimbola Saheed who works directly with the baron was arrested on Tuesday 14th May at Abule Egba area of Lagos.

It was indeed Saheed who lodged Imran in a hotel a day before his aborted trip to Oman and equally dropped him and Ishola at the Lagos airport the day they were arrested.

Some phenacetine, a cutting agent for Cocaine, weighing 900 grams, was recovered from Hamed house during a search by NDLEA operatives.

He confessed that the recovered substance was what was left of the consignment Imran was taking to Oman the day he was arrested.

His arrest led to a follow up operation at the home of the Owoalade couple at 20 Eyiaro street, Ogudu Orioke, Lagos where another suspect was arrested.

A new model Toyota RAV4 SUV marked FKJ-773 JJ belonging to Rashidat and additional 400 grams of Cocaine recovered in addition to already prepared suitcases to be used for illicit drug concealment, digital weighing scales and other paraphernalia.

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