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NDLEA ARRESTS BILLIONAIRE DRUG BARON IN LAGOS, RECOVERS ₦8.8BN WORTH OF TRAMADOL

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have recovered thirteen million, four hundred and fifty-one thousand, four hundred and sixty-six (13,451,466) pills of Tramadol 225mg worth eight billion eight hundred and sixty million Naira (₦8,860,000,000) in street value from one of the mansions of a billionaire drug baron, Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia, in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City, Lekki area of Lagos State.

NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy revealed this in a statement issued on Monday.

The statement revealed that Ugochukwu is the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd, and his arrest is coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory in the residence of another drug kingpin in the estate, Chris Emeka Nzewi, arrested on Saturday 30th July along with a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who cooked the illicit drug for him.

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The most recent operation of the Agency was carried out on Friday, September 30 when 443 cartons of Tramadol were discovered in a mansion.

“Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday 30th September stormed the Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin. A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg, which contains 13, 451, 466 pills of the drug while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house the same day”, the statement read.

Before his arrest, Ugochukwu who hails from the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state had been on the Agency’s watch list as one of those behind the Tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria.

According to the statement, preliminary investigation shows that he has about six mansions within the VGC, one of which he uses to warehouse the Tramadol consignment, while he lives in the one at Plot Z-130 Road 67 and another as his office.

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Five exotic vehicles have also been located in two of his mansions, out of which two SUVs including a bullet jeep have been successfully removed to the Agency’s facility.

Reacting to the latest drug haul, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd.) commended the officers and men involved in the operation for their diligence while also appreciating Nigerians for supporting the Agency in its arduous task of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

 

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