The Arrest of NDLEA Official with Illicit Drugs: An Insight into Nigeria’s Drug Control Efforts

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An official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has been arrested by the police in Lagos, Nigeria for being in possession of illicit drugs. The suspect, identified as Kelechi, was found with 4 kilograms of Marsh-Mallow, which he admitted was given to him by his superior named Odogwu to sell. The police discovered the drugs during a routine search on the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway. The investigation is ongoing, and the police will invite the superior mentioned by the suspect. In a separate operation, the NDLEA apprehended three drug syndicates and confiscated drugs worth billions of naira.
 

An official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has been arrested by the police on suspicion of possessing illicit drugs. The arrest took place during a routine patrol on the Lagos/Abeokuta Expressway, Lagos. The police team, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Samuel Sunday, intercepted the NDLEA official, identified as Kelechi, 50, who had 4 kilograms of the illicit substance Marsh-Mallow in his possession. Kelechi allegedly confessed that he was on his way to sell the substance, claiming that his superior, Odogwu, had given it to him. The police, acting on suspicion, searched Kelechi’s bag and discovered the drugs. Further investigations will be conducted, and the superior mentioned by Kelechi will be invited for questioning.

The NDLEA is a Federal Government regulatory agency responsible for drug policy and control in Nigeria. It was established in the 1980s to combat the rising demand for and trafficking of narcotics and psychotropic substances. The agency has a large team of expert narcotic operatives and support staff stationed throughout the country. The NDLEA strategically maintains a physical presence at international airports, seaports, border crossings, and major highways to monitor and prevent drug trafficking. Recent operations conducted by the agency resulted in the arrest of three major illicit drug syndicates in Lagos. One of the syndicates was led by Faith Ebele Nwankwo, who was found in possession of a large quantity of tramadol.

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