Enugu drug lord Emeka busted with 797 pellets of Cocaine weighing 17.6kg


Emeka arrested at Enugu Airport

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Operatives of the  National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a suspected drug lord, Augustine  Justine Emeka with (797) pellets of cocaine weighing 17.6 kilogrammes.

NDLEA, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Femi Babafemi on Sunday, said Emeka was arrested on Saturday, 9th December 2023 at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu.

He said 12 consignments of cocaine belonging to members of a Drug Trafficking Organisation were intercepted.

“A businessman, Augustine Justine Emeka, 44, who claims he deals in copper wire was arrested at the airport upon his arrival from Douala, Cameroon via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Ethiopia airline with the 12 consignments consisting of seven hundred and ninety-seven (797) pellets of cocaine weighing 17.6 kilograms.

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“During preliminary interview, the suspect admitted the cocaine consignments were for delivery to 12 different persons in the country,” he said.

He added that in a related development, NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos on Friday 8th December arrested a fleeing suspect, Onyejiuwa Prince Ifeanyi, who has gone into hiding since 8th September following the seizure of a United Kingdom-bound 20kg cannabis consignment concealed in tomato pastes tins at the SAHCO shed linked to him.

“In the same vein, operatives of the Seaports Operations of the Agency on Monday 4th December arrested a 45-year-old Beninoise, Jamila Fatiu at Ebute Ero Jetty in Lagos Island with 398 bottles of codeine cough syrup on her way to Seme border via a boat service,” he said.

While commending the officers and men of the various commands, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) urged them and their compatriots across all formations of the Agency to maintain the offensive action tempo while creating a balance with their drug demand reduction efforts.


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