HeadlinesIllicit TradeNews NDLEA makes sea of illicit drug seizures in palace of a prominent traditional ruler, MMA & Courier company By maritimemag March 9, 202198 views ShareTweet 0 NDLEA makes sea of illicit drug seizures in palace of a prominent traditional ruler, MMA & Courier company The Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) operatives have made various seizures of hard drugs and arrests of suspected carriers. NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, in a statement he issued on Monday in Abuja revealed that operatives of the agency, at the Anambra Command have recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroine concealed in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state. He said that investigations were on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace. Babafemi added that the palace security guards were helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment. In another development, Babafemi said, “Also, narcotics officers attached to a courier company in Lagos have intercepted 500 grammes of unaccompanied cocaine going to the United Arab Emirates concealed inside the walls of cartons containing clothes. “At another courier firm in Lagos, one kilogramme of cannabis was concealed in cream bottles going to UAE, while 500 grammes of ketamine hidden in artefacts and going to the U.S., was also recovered. “Another 480 grammes of unaccompanied methamphetamine going to China was recovered from the same courier company, ‘’ he stated. He added that the NDLEA Chairman, Retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, commended the commanders, men and officers involved in the operations for their vigilance. Marwa charged them to continue with the vigour of the offensive action maxim of the new leadership of the lead anti-drug agency, Babafemi stated. Also in the statement, Babafemi said that NDLA arrested a drug trafficker at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom in his suitcase. He said the suspect, Hassan Taiwo, was intercepted at the E-Arrival hall of the airport upon arrival on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight last Friday. Babafemi pointed out that preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect had been plying the illicit trade through the Middle East routes for some time. Taiwo, he said, was on a return trip to Abuja from Addis-Ababa when he was nabbed. “Upon a thorough search, we discovered another ticket on him while our findings also showed that he had been plying his criminal trade through some Middle East countries,’’ he revealed. © 2021, maritimemag. All rights reserved.