DRUG CARTELS WERE DISCOVERED IN THREE STATES.
NDLEA discovers drug cartels in three states:
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has discovered three drug cartels allegedly supplying illicit substances to some states.
The agency also recovered skunk and cocaine weighing more than 843 kilograms.
The NDLEA Director, Media, and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, announced the discovery in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.
Babafemi said the operatives also arrested no fewer than seven of the drug kingpins behind the syndicates in separate raids in Kogi, Nasarawa State, and the Benue States.
He said the arrest was made as the offenders attempted to evade the frequent road interdiction efforts by officers of the Kogi State Command of the agency.
He also said the cartels were intercepted on July 12 at a jetty in Idah, Kogi State in a car marked Lagos SMK 345 CG, loaded with 487 kilograms of cannabis.
Babafemi added: "In Nasarawa State, a team of NDLEA operatives had on July 8 raided one of the most hostile drug joints in the state capital."
"More than 356 kilograms of cannabis and various psychotropic substances were recovered."
"This is in addition to the arrest of four major drug dealers, including the most notorious drug kingpin in Nasarawa State."
"His drug distribution tentacles cut across Kano State, Plateau, Benue, and parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja."
"Curiously, some quantities of cocaine were intercepted in Benue on July 8, July 9t and July 13."
"Indeed, the supplier was arrested with 29.17 grams of crack cocaine."
"In another raid on July 13, the Benue command also seized some quantities of cocaine."
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa, as commending the commanders, officers, and men of the Kogi, Nasarawa, and Benue States Commands of the agency.
He said Marwa charged them not to relent but remain resolute in their commitment to rid every community of illicit drug peddling.