NDLEA Intensifies Crack Down on Online Drug Traffickers

May 30, 2021
Online Drug Traffickers

By Adedapo Adesanya

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has continued its crackdown on drug peddling as it arrested 10 suspected online drug traffickers with 107 kilogrammes of cocaine in Abuja.

A statement released by NDLEA spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi, on Sunday said the arrest followed fresh raids in the nation’s capital, adding that a young lady and her lover, as well as eight others, were apprehended, and assorted drugs recovered from them.

The first suspect is a 28-year-old Miss Ese Patrick said to be selling her illicit substances through an Instagram account; Ese’sOvenSecret. She was tracked and arrested with some pieces of brownies ordered online by NDLEA’s undercover agents on May 2 and delivered by herself and her boyfriend in a Mercedes Benz car.

“A follow-up operation at her residence led to the seizure of 400 grams of Arizona weed, which she uses in baking the brownies,” the statement partly read.

“Further investigation led to the arrest of one Iyama Patrick, with 450 grams of Arizona weed. He supplies Ese the cannabis she uses,” the agency added.

Similarly, a motorcycle belonging to a courier company, Sky Port, was abandoned by a dispatch rider in Wuse Zone 4 upon sighting NDLEA’s outpost in the area.

According to the NDLEA spokesman, the motorcycle was later found to contain several pinches of cocaine and some envelopes of Arizona meant for delivery.

In another raid, an online drug trafficker, Peter Nkejika, was nabbed on May 24 following an arrest of a dispatch rider with some quantity of Loud, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis. Each portion of Loud costs N30,000 and the rider was caught with 17 portions for delivery.

NDLEA operatives had also on Tuesday intercepted two online drug transactions and arrested two dispatch riders with some quantities of cocaine and Loud already packaged for delivery recovered from them.

In all, five dispatch riders and a lady, Dolapo Benjamin who owns motorcycles involved in the door-to-door distribution of drugs and drug-based edibles; cakes and brownies were arrested while six dispatch motorcycles involved in door-to-door drug distribution were seized.

Also seized from them were assorted drugs; Cocaine, Crack /Challie, Molly/ Ecstasy, Skunk, Brownies and Loud, which is the most expensive psychoactive variant of cannabis in town.

“In a related development, on the 27th May 2021, operatives intercepted 30 compressed parcels of cannabis, heading to Ningi, Bauchi state, as well as Rohypnol and Tramadol meant for the FCT,” the statement added.

“The drugs weighing 105.5 kilograms were seized along Gwagwalada- Abuja road, in a luxury bus. Three persons were arrested in connection with the exhibits, while two more dispatch motorcycles were seized with some quantities of cocaine and cannabis on Saturday, May 29 as the raids across the FCT intensify.

“Meanwhile, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI) of the agency have intercepted 445 grams of Methamphetamine going to New Zealand and concealed inside USB chargers and hair attachments, with another 450 grams of cannabis sativa going to UAE and concealed inside local soap containers at a courier company in Lagos.

“In the same vein, 125 grams of heroin concealed inside academic thesis books was seized at another firm while 2kg of cannabis sativa hidden inside tractor’s balloon was intercepted at another courier company also in Lagos,” the statement said.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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