the National Drug Control Agency (NDLEA) says its agents have busted a major warehouse on an isolated farm in the Ikorodu area of Lagos state, where more than N194 billion worth of crack was seized.
Its Director of Media and Promotion, Femi Babafemi, made it known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
An online publication, Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team, described cocaine as “a powerful stimulant drug that can make you feel extremely happy and full of energy. Some health care providers use it as an anesthetic before surgery.
“However, in most cases, cocaine is considered an illegal drug.
“Street dealers often mix powdered cocaine with water and baking soda and boil the mixture into a solid rock-like substance called ‘crack cocaine’ or simply ‘crack.’”
Babafemi said the illicit drugs, which weighed 1.8 tons (1,855 kilograms), were worth more than $278.2 million.
He said it was the equivalent of around N194.7 billion in street value.
The NDLEA spokesman said the seizures appeared to be “the largest single seizure of cocaine in the history of Nigeria’s main anti-narcotics agency.”
“This was done in a well-coordinated, intelligence-led operation that lasted two days in different locations in Lagos state.
“Cocaine cartel kingpins in custody.
“They are all members of an international drug syndicate that the agency has been tracking since 2018,” Babafemi said.
The NDLEA spokesman said the barons were collected from their hotels and hideouts in different parts of Lagos, between Sunday night and Monday morning.
“The preliminary investigation reveals that the class ‘A’ drugs were stored in the development, from where the cartel attempted to sell them to buyers in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.
“They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums,” he said.
Mr. Babafemi quoted NDLEA Chairman Buba Marwa, a retired Brigadier General, who congratulated all the agency officers and men involved in the extensive investigation.
This, Marwa said, included those from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (US-DEA).
He said the raid was a historic blow to drug cartels and a strong warning.
“Everyone will fall if they don’t realize the game has changed,” Marwa said.
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