NDLEA Busts A Transnational Cartel And Detains 5 Of Its Kingpins
Five leaders of international crime syndicates have been detained by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), who have also disrupted a transnational drug cartel.
This was said in a statement made on Sunday in Abuja by Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA.
According to Babafemi, the drugs were confiscated in a special operation that lasted weeks and yielded various amounts of ephedrine, methamphetamine, and skunk.
He said that throughout the operations, air compressors that were utilized to hide and transport them internationally were found.
He said that the special operation followed a warning by retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, the chairman of the NDLEA, that drug cartels and barons would face difficult times in 2023 if they did not give up their illicit activities.
He claims that the cartel’s leaders are dispersed over Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Cotonou in the Benin Republic, Togo, Oman, Thailand, and Europe, as well as Lagos, Imo, and Onitsha in Nigeria.
They were planning how to convey their illegal shipments to Dubai and other areas of the globe while on Christmas and New Year’s vacations in their towns.
“On December 29, 2022, when their freight agent, Collins Onyeisue, was detained by NDLEA police, their lid was blown open.