In Lagos, the NDLEA bursts cocaine dealers and makes the largest-ever drug recovery in Nigeria’s history

The highest seizure in Nigerian history was made by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ().

The anti-narcotics agency reported on Monday that a large warehouse in a neighborhood in Lagos’ Ikorodu district had been raided.

According to spokesman Femi Babafemi, around 1.8 tons (1,855 kilos) of the illegal narcotic, valued at more than $278,250,000, were found.

An intelligence-led operation that spanned two days and several sites in Lagos resulted in the capture of four barons, including a Jamaican and the warehouse manager.

The kingpins are Soji Jibril, 69, an Okitipupa, Ondo native, Emmanuel Chukwu, 65, an Ekwulobia, Anambra native, Wasiu Akinade, 53, an Ibadan, Oyo native, Sunday Oguntelure, 53, an Okitipupa, Ondo native, and 42-year-old Kingston, Jamaican native, Kelvin Smith.

They are all members of a global narcotics cartel that the NDLEA has been pursuing since 2018, according to Babafemi.

Between Sunday night and Monday morning, they were selected from hotels and their hiding places in various locations throughout Lagos.

The warehouse, which is located at 6 Olukuola Crescent inside the Solebo community in Ikorodu, was searched on September 18th.

The residence’s pharmaceuticals are sold to customers in Europe, Asia, and other continents. They were kept in 13 drums and 10 travel bags.

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