National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an 80-year-old woman, Mary Adebayo, her 19-year-old granddaughter, Funmilola Adebayo for selling illicit drugs in Akure, Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria.
Both were arrested alongside two ladies, Tessy Matthew and Blessing Adesida, for selling cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol, and skuchies.
NDLEA’s Director, Media & Advocacy, Femi Babafemi said the arrest followed intelligence-based raids which led them to their locations on Sunday.
Babafemi said over 192kilogrammes of cocaine and other psychoactive substances were recovered from the suspects.
According to him, the following were recovered from the octagenarian and her granddaughter: “Skuchies- 149kg, cocaine-11grammes, methamphetamine-17grammes, heroin-3grammes, cannabis Sativa- 4.914kg, swinol -8grammes and tramadol -49grammes.
“Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle.”
Mathew from whom 33kilogrammes of skuchies were recovered led the NDLEA to Adesida, both 25-year-old.
Meanwhile, 3kg of skuchies and 7grms of cannabis were recovered from Adesida.
According to the state’s acting Commander of the Agency, Callys Alumona, other members of the two drug cartels have been watchlisted and efforts to arrest them are ongoing.
In a related development, operatives of the Adamawa Command of the NDLEA have arrested a 58-year-old Victor Chinedu Anwanya, and 47-year-old Femi Abiodun, for illicit possession of drugs.
80 blocks of compressed cannabis Sativa weighing 76kilogrms, concealed in three white sacks tucked in the booth of a Toyota Avalon car with registration number: LAGOS DC 997 FST were found on them.
Adamawa State Commander of NDLEA, Idris Bello, said the suspects were arrested on Monday.
Bello said, “They took off from Auchi in Edo State. Also recovered from them was a fake Police Warrant Card bearing the name of Chinedu Anwanya with the rank of a DSP.”
In reaction to the development, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Mohamed Marwa commended officers and men of the Ondo and Adamawa state Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to work.
Marwa, therefore, charged them and their counterparts in other Commands to continue the nationwide offensive action against the illicit trade.
He said, “I recognise and commend the great work our officers and men in Ondo and Adamawa states have done in these operations.
“However, I still want to encourage them and their counterparts across the country that we must raise the ante in fighting drug criminalities in Nigeria.
“We must now go beyond seizures and arrests, and dismantle the cartels because there are cartels behind each of the drugs, be it cocaine, heroin, tramadol or cannabis, there are cartels behind each of these drugs and we must identify them and rein them in, that is the next phase of this war as we continue with our maxim of offensive action.”