INSIDEMAINLAND – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) on Monday discovered 1.8 tons(1,855 kilograms) of cocaine in a large warehouse in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos Mainland.
More than $278, 250,000 worth of cocaine was found in the warehouse, which is roughly equivalent to the street value of N194, 775,000,000 (one hundred and ninety-four billion, seven hundred and seventy-five million) dollars.
Four drug lords, including the warehouse manager and a Jamaican, have been detained.
The cartel’s heads who have been apprehended include Messrs Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo state; Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, who hails from Ekwulobia, Anambra state; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo state; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa,
Ondo state and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.
They are all part of a global drug cartel that the NDLEA has been investigating since 2018.
Femi Babafemi, the Director of Media for NDLEA, added that the warehouse is located at 6, Olukola Crescent, Solebo estate, Ikorodu.
He also revealed that the warehouse was raided on Sunday 18th September 2022, while the lords were apprehended between Sunday night and Monday 19th September 2022, in hotels and other hiding places across Lagos.
According to him, “Preliminary investigation reveals that class A drugs were warehoused in the residential estate from where the cartel was trying to sell them to buyers in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.
“They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums.”