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NDLEA Recovers Cocaine, Heroin From Monarch’s Palace

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BEVERLY HILLS, March 09, (THEWILL) – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has recovered about 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin from the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in Anambra state.

The agency did not disclose the identity of the monarch but said there were efforts to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in his palace.

But, NDLEA in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi said, the Palace guards are helping to trace the drug dealer.

Babafemi also said a suspected drug trafficker, Hassan Bishi Taiwo, was arrested at the weekend at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos with three parcels of cocaine concealed in a false bottom of his suitcase.

Taiwo, who was arrested upon landing from an Ethiopian airline on Friday, has been trafficking drugs on Middle East routes for some time, Babafemi said.

“Also, narcotics officers attached to a courier company in Lagos intercepted 500 grammes of unaccompanied cocaine going to the United Arab Emirates concealed in the walls of cartons containing clothes. The operatives also intercepted in another courier firm 1kg of cannabis hidden in cream bottles going to the UAE while 500g of ketamine hidden in artefacts going to the US was also recovered from the same company in Lagos. Another 480grammes of unaccompanied methamphetamine going to China was recovered from the same courier company,” Babafemi said.