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NDLEA arrests wanted drug lord in Imo

A drug lord who was on the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company's wished record and recognized as Joachin Mbonu has been arrested.

Mbonu was arrested on July 5 by NDLEA operatives at his nation house in Imo State.

A press release on Tuesday from the company's spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, stated Mbonu was arrested alongside together with his confederate.

He acknowledged that Mbonu belongs to a drug cartel chargeable for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Babafemi stated: “A serious drug cartel behind the manufacturing and distribution of the lethal psychoactive substance methamphetamine, popularly known as ‘mkpuru mmiri’, has been busted by operatives of the NDLEA following the arrest of the syndicate chief, 42-year-old Joachin Chikaodi Mbonu and his affiliate at his nation home in his village of Umuomi, Uzogba-Ezenomi Autonomous Group, Ikeduru Native Authorities Space of ​​Imo State.”

The cartel, with operational bases in Imo and Rivers States, was focused by the company after intelligence revealed that it was chargeable for distributing vital portions of methamphetamine within the southeast, south and different elements of the nation.

Throughout the operation, the officers discovered, amongst different issues, 419.99 grams of methamphetamine, 750 grams of iodine and a pump-action rifle with 4 cartridges, in accordance with Babafemi.

He stated: “After weeks of surveillance, operatives of a particular operations unit of the Company on Friday, July 5, 2024, tracked down and traced the drug lord to his village house in Imo State the place he was caught with a member of his cartel, Kenneth Chibuike Ofoegbu, 34, with varied portions of methamphetamine, its precursor chemical compounds, a pump-action shotgun and ammunition seized.

“Proof discovered within the house included 419.99 grams of methamphetamine; 750 grams of iodine, a chemical precursor to methamphetamine; 500 grams of sodium bicarbonate, a chemical precursor to methamphetamine; two digital scales; and a pump-action shotgun with 4 cartridges.”

Babafemi added that the officers additionally searched houses of Mbonu's accomplices in Rivers and Imo States and seized varied unlawful medication.

The officers shortly went to a different of Mbonu’s hideouts, at 11 Redemption Avenue in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the place they discovered extra proof: 750 grams of processed sodium bicarbonate, 170 grams of pure sodium bicarbonate and 75 grams of methamphetamine.

“One other raid on the home of considered one of Mbonu’s associates, Odoemenam Pedro Chinedu, at the moment at massive, in Njaba LGA, Imo State, led to the restoration of one other pump motion shotgun with 25 rounds of ammunition, amongst different objects. Whereas the kingpin continues to chill his heels in custody, two of his homes in Imo State have been marked for doable forfeiture to the Federal Authorities,” he added.

Babafemi acknowledged that Mbonu had fled South Africa, the place he had lived for a few years, and that he had mastered the artwork of making ready methamphetamine after being suspected of drug trafficking.

He added that after returning to Nigeria, he continued the felony commerce by establishing secret laboratories in distant villages to cover his felony actions.

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