By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 25-year-old pregnant woman with 82 pinches of methamphetamine in Auchi, Edo State.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect, Haruna Favour, who was arrested on Friday, was also caught with other various quantities of “Loud”, “Arizona”, “Colorado” variants of cannabis and codeine-based cough syrup.
Besides, the NDLEA spokesman said that attempts by some drug cartels to export 7.805 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to the U.S. and Australia were thwarted by NDLEA operatives attached to some courier companies in Lagos.
Babafemi said that the consignments were concealed in the linings of local fabric, wooden statutes, printer cartridges, handle of travel bag and cassava flakes.
“In another development, 119,000 tablets and capsules of tramadol, D5 and Exol5, were recovered from two drug dealers in Gombe state.
“Nasiru Abubakar, 22, and Umaru Bayero, a.k.a Hadiza, were arrested when NDLEA operatives raided their stores at the Gombe main market on Tuesday, Sept. 6,” he said.
Babafemi also said that a suspect, Paul Ali, 47, was arrested along Okene-Abuja highway, in Kogi, with 1,404 bottles of codeine-based syrup, weighing 190.94 kilograms.
He said that 2,040 ampoules of pentazocine injection, being transported from Onitsha to Sokoto, were also intercepted.
“A follow-up operation in Sokoto has also led to the arrest of the receiver of the consignment on Tuesday, Sept., 6.
“A raid at the cannabis plantation camp in Emure forest, Owo Local Government Area (LGA), Ondo State, has led to the arrest of Monday Onoja, 20; Daniel Kehinde, 25; and Obinna Okechukwu, 35.
“Sixteen bags of the illicit substance, weighing 179.5 kilograms, were seized from them,” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman of NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, while reacting to the arrests and seizures, as commending the officers and men of the Kano, Kogi, Edo, Ondo and Gombe commands for their resilience.
Marwa charged them and their compatriots in other commands to remain focussed and vigilant in their areas of responsibility.