Grandpa arrested for 340.8kg drug trafficking

A 76-year-old grandfather Mr. Francis Omofa, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for illicit drug trafficking.

Spokesman of NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said on Sunday in a statement that the suspect was caught with 454 compressed blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 340.8kg was intercepted by NDLEA operatives on Tuesday 18th June 2024.

The consignment which was procured at Uzeba, Edo State in a white Nissan Frontier pick up vehicle with amber lights and fake registration number of a security agency at Kiyi village in Kuje area of the FCT.

76-year-old man, claimed to have been in the illicit drug business for 10 years, according to the statement.

In the same vein, two suspects: Obi Ferguson,45, and Ernest Abanor, 46, were arrested on Saturday 22nd June by NDLEA.

The feat was recorded when NDLEA operatives raided the Usen forest in Ovia South West LGA, Edo State where 209kg cannabis and a motorcycle were recovered.

Elsewhere in Lagos State, NDLEA operatives also intercepted a carefully packaged consignment of 8.2 kilograms of methamphetamine at a motor park in Mazamaza, Ojo area of the State.

The highly addictive illicit substance, popularly called ice or crystal meth, according to NDLEA, was packed in imported Dunkin’ turtle love chocolate wraps and then concealed in the casing of three loud speakers.

39-year-old suspect, Michael Odiomume who was sending the consignment to Owerri, Imo State was arrested on Wednesday 19th June at the park.

Meanwhile, NDLEA personnel have raided snake guarded shrine used to store illicit drugs in Egor Community, Benin City, Edo State.

NDLEA said the shine detected by men of the anti-narcotic Agency that neutralized the big black snake guarding the shrine which was specially constructed with large hole storage in a wall covered with wallpapers and fetish objects.

Various quantities of Methamphetamine, Loud, Colorado and Arizona, all strong strains of cannabis with a total weight of 8.743 kilograms pulled out from the deep hole dug in the wall of the shrine building, were among the hard drugs that were recovered in the raid.

The Agency said two female suspects: Sonia Chinonso Ezumezu and Risikatu Tijani were arrested during the intelligence-led operation on Tuesday 18th June 2024.

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