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NDLEA uncovers cocaine, heroin inside Anambra monarch’s palace

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has uncovered a stash of cocaine and heroin in the palace of a traditional ruler in Anambra state.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by NDLEA Director of Media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi, on Monday.

The statement said its operatives at the Anambra command recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin.

“Investigations are on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace and the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment,” It said.

Although the NDLEA did not mention the name of the traditional ruler, it said security personnel at the palace are helping to trace the owner of the consignment.

“In a related development, operatives of the Anambra State Command of the Agency have recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin concealed in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state,” Babafemi said in a statement on Monday.

“Investigations are on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace and the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment, Muhammadu Misbahu Idris, the Anambra state Commander of the NDLEA stated.”

Babafemi said operatives of the agency also nabbed Hassan Taiwo, “a notorious trafficker”, with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom of his luggage at the Lagos airport.

Taiwo was said to have been arrested at the weekend by operatives attached to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.Loading…

The alleged trafficker had arrived in the country from Addis Abba, Ethiopia, on Friday.

The agency said it discovered that the suspect had been engaging in the “criminal trade through some Middle East countries”.

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