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NDLEA Arrests Suspect With N1.78bn Hard Drugs In Anambra


By Ignatius Okpara

ANAMBRA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Anambra State, have apprehended a- 31-year-old man, identified as Vincent Chidiebere, for allegedly trafficking a deadly hard drug estimated at N1.78 billion.

The security men picked up the suspect with methamphetamine weighing 25.2kg following a tip-off that the drug would be moved through Anambra from Enugu to Lagos.

Commander of the agency in the area, Sule Momodu, who paraded the suspect before newsmen on Tuesday in Awka, the Anambra State capital, disclosed that he was arrested by his men on July 28, 2016.

“Based on the information, we set up a team to search vehicles from a particular transit company.

“About 11.00am, we intercepted a vehicle carrying the substance and nabbed the suspect.

“The substance tested positive to methamphetamine and the drug, from findings, is one of the most potent illicit drugs in the world, which has a lot of destructive tendencies on the user.

“Someone under the influence can make disastrous decisions and can make criminals test the nation’s security to its limit.

“The chemicals used for the production are highly toxic and can cause permanent destruction to the eco-system.

The Commander added that “the waste from the drug is more toxic than the extracted substance.

“The people around where it is being produced are likely to be exposed to cancer and other incurable diseases, while children born in the area are likely to be deformed.

“Most of the methamphetamine being produced are meant for Asian countries. A kilogramme of the drug is sold at about 150, 000 dollars.

“Although, the agency had discovered three methamphetamine laboratories at Nanka, Ozubulu and Obosi, in Anambra state, the Command believed that more laboratories exist.

“The suspect will be arraigned when investigation is completed,”

Momodu, however expressed the readiness of the agency to fight illicit drug production and peddling in the state to a standstill.

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