Wanted dr¥g baron, one other arrested as NDLEA recovers meth, g¥ns in Imo


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says its operatives have taken down a major dr¥g cartel behind the production and distribution of d£adly psychoactive substance, methamphetamine, popularly called ‘Mkpuru Mmiri’.

The agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Tuesday, July 9, said this follows the arrest of the leader of the syndicate, 42-year-old Joachin Chikaodi Mbonu, and his associate.

The suspects were arrested in Mbonu’s mansion tucked in his Umuomi village, Uzogba-Ezenomi autonomous community, Ikeduru LGA of Imo State.

“The cartel, with operational bases in Imo and Rivers States, became a target of the anti-narcotics Agency following intelligence indicating it was responsible for the distribution of substantial quantity of methamphetamine in South-East, South-South and other parts of the country.

After weeks of surveillance, officers of a special operations unit of the Agency on Friday, July 5, 2024, tracked and traced the dr¥g lord to his village mansion in Imo State where he was caught with a member of his cartel, Kenneth Chibuike Ofoegbu, 34, with different quantities of methamphetamine, its precursor chemicals, a pump action g¥n and cartridges recovered…(continue reading on the next slide.)

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