Authorities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Delta state have made a major breakthrough in the state when the agency raided a pharmaceutical company which specialised in producing ilicit and controlled drugs in Asaba, the capital city of Delta state.
State commander of the agency, Dennis Obiefule, told journalists in Ogwashi Uku, the Delta state command headquarters that a tip off was given to the agency, a development which led to his officers swooping on the company and whisking away the ilicit drug producers and sealing up the laboratory.
He said during the raid, Americans and South Africans were discovered to be fully in charge of the ilicit drug production, adding that the men have been charged to court and the agency is waiting the decision of the court, an action that would determine the next line of action of the drug law agency.
Obiefule explained further that his patrol team also confiscated two kilograms of cocaine at Isele Asagba. He said his officers flagged down the commercial vehicle conveying the cocaine which was concealed inside indomie unknown to passengers and the bus driver.
According to him, the young man who owned the cocaine tucked the substance inside the indomie and when the commercial bus was flagged down, the young man began to sweat, hence his officers screened his luggage and discovered the cocaine hid inside the indomie.
He said the bus was heading to Aba from Lagos, noting that people who criticise his officers are ignorant of their activities, hence his officers pay no attention to them as they must carry out their activities and rid the nation of deviants, drug traffickers and contraband goods.
He also said on November 2, a truck conveying 3.5kilogram of cocaine was intercepted by his men and the bus was confiscated and the men arrested, adding that his men are determined to suffer some degree of inconveniences to control the flow of ilicit drugs in the state.
He said the drug problem in Nigeria is not an individual problem but a problem of society, adding: “If you enter a motor park, you will understand that we are not safe in Nigeria. Drivers drive after smoking indian hemp, monkey tail and other substances. I don’t know how comfortable you are carrying such burden.”