The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reportedly busted a cocaine warehouse in an estate in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
This was announced on Monday by the anti-narcotics agency, revealing that it operatives has made made the highest cocaine seizure in the history of Nigeria.
According to the NDLEA’s spokesman Femi Babafemi, about 1.8tons (1,855 kilograms) of the illicit drug, worth more than $278, 250,000, were recovered.
During the intelligence-led operation which lasted for two days across different location, four barons, including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager, were arrested.
The names of the kingpins arrested are Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo; Emmanuel Chukwu 65, from Ekwulobia, Anambra; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.
Mr Babafemi noted that they are all members of an international drug syndicate that the NDLEA has been trailing since 2018, adding they were picked from hotels and their hideouts in different parts of Lagos between Sunday night and Monday.
Located at 6 Olukuola crescent inside Solebo estate in Ikorodu, the warehouse was raided on Sunday 18th September.
The drugs kept in the residence are sold to buyers in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums.
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