Nigeria: NDLEA Seizes Largest Heroin Consignment at Lagos Airport: A Major Blow to International Drug Trafficking

Nigeria: NDLEA Seizes Largest Heroin Consignment at Lagos Airport: A Major Blow to International Drug Trafficking

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

NDLEA Seizes Largest Heroin Consignment at Lagos Airport: A Major Blow to International Drug Trafficking**

In a significant development in the fight against drug trafficking, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has made a groundbreaking seizure of the largest heroin consignment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State. The operation, carried out on February 12, 2024, led to the interception of 51.90 kg of heroin, concealed within 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines.

Buba Marwa, the Chairman of the NDLEA, revealed this breakthrough while addressing journalists in Lagos. He highlighted that the operation not only resulted in the seizure of the consignment but also led to the arrest of members of an organized criminal organization involved in trafficking heroin across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe, and America.

Marwa emphasized the significance of this operation, stating that it marked the single largest seizure of heroin at the airport. Drawing parallels with a previous major bust, Marwa referenced the September 18, 2022, seizure of 2,139.5kg of cocaine in a warehouse in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State. He described this as the biggest singular cocaine seizure in the history of the NDLEA.

As part of a follow-up operation, NDLEA operatives apprehended four cartel members linked to the recent heroin seizure. The investigation into the matter revealed that the heroin consignment was linked to Mattpee Logistics, a company operated by an individual named Mr. Kola, who is based in South Africa. One of the individuals arrested in connection with the case was Olowolagba Wasiu Babatunde, who was responsible for clearing services.

Marwa commended the efforts of the NDLEA operatives, highlighting their methodical and meticulous approach to the investigation. He also reiterated the agency’s commitment to combating drug trafficking and emphasized the need for international cooperation in addressing this global issue.

This seizure represents a significant victory in the ongoing battle against drug trafficking and serves as a warning to those involved in such criminal activities. It underscores the importance of intelligence-led operations and the role of law enforcement agencies in disrupting drug supply chains.

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