The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has uncovered a stash of cocaine and heroin in the palace of a traditional ruler in Anambra State.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, on Monday.
According to the agency, its operatives at the Anambra command recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin respectively.
Although the NDLEA did not mention the name of the traditional ruler, it said security personnel at the palace are helping to trace the owner of the consignment.
The statement read: “In a related development, operatives of the Anambra State Command of the Agency 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.
“Investigations are on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace and the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment, Muhammadu Misbahu Idris, the Anambra state Commander of the NDLEA stated.”
The statement also disclosed that NDLEA operatives arrested one Hassan Taiwo with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom of his luggage at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
Taiwo, who the agency described as “a notorious trafficker”, was arrested at the Lagos airport last Friday.
The alleged trafficker had arrived in the country from Addis Abba, Ethiopia, on Friday.
The statement read: “A notorious drug trafficker, Hassan Bishi Taiwo has been arrested by operatives of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom created in his suitcase.
“Preliminary investigations reveal that Hassan who was intercepted at the E-Arrival hall of the MMIA at the weekend upon arrival on board Ethiopian airlines at 1:30pm Friday has been plying the illicit trade through the middle east routes for some time.”