NDLEA intercepts fake $20m in Abuja-bound bus from Lagos

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted $20m cash suspected to be a counterfeit on Abaji-Lokoja highway within the Federal Capital Territory.

Spokesman of the Agency, Femi Babafemi said in a statement that the cash was recovered on Friday August 17, 2023 in a bus coming from Lagos to Abuja.

During stop-and-search operation by the NDLEA agents, 53-year-old driver of the vehicle, Onyebuchi Nlededin was arrested.

Babafemi said Jude Ndubuisi, 52, was arrested with 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine during a raid operation at Kabusa village, FCT the previous day.

The suspect was initially arrested with 20.75kg cannabis on 7th July 2022 and was on court bail following his ongoing prosecution when he was nabbed for yet another drug crime.

Another raid of two notorious drug joints within the FCT: Dei Dei and Tora-Bora Hills led to the recovery of 82.8kg skunk, 1.8kg rohypnol and 1.2kg diazepam on Wednesday 16th August, according to NDLEA.

Elsewhere at a warehouse tucked in the midst of popular International Trade Fair Complex, Alaba, Ojo area of Lagos by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA on Saturday 19th August 2023, seized a multi-billion naira worth of illicit drugs.

A total of 1.4 million (1,400,000) pills of tramadol 225mg weighing 826kgs; 3.2 million (3,200,000) pills of codeine with gross weight of 3,360kgs; and 2,841 cartons of codeine syrup containing 284,100 bottles with 28,410 litres of the psychoactive substance.

The substance has a combined street value of Four Billion Eight Hundred and Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N4,820,500,000) only, were recovered from the warehouse owned by a wanted billionaire drug baron.

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A suspect, Paulinus Ojukwu, who is Chief Security Officer to the wanted drug baron who parades as automobile spare parts dealer who was arrested during the operation is assisting ongoing investigation.

The anti-narcotic agency said the latest drug warehouse bust is coming on the heels of the arrest of a drug baroness, Faith Ebele Nwankwo who was nabbed on Wednesday 9th August with Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand (2,750,000) pills of tramaking.

Tramaking is a brand of tramadol 225mg and 250mg recovered from her residence at House 6, C close, 3rd Avenue, Festac area of Lagos and a warehouse located at Plot 3432 Sola Akinsola Street, Divine Estate, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.

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