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NDLEA intercepts N6.5bn heroin, declares drug baron wanted

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A suspected drug baron, Mr Tony Onwurolu has been declared wanted by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after a 26.15kg of heroin consignment was traced to him.

The agency said it intercepted the consignment with a street value of over N6.5 billion at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi said on Sunday that the seizure was made at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) shed of the Lagos airport.

Babafemi revealed that the illicit drug arrived in Lagos in 25 parcels from South Africa through an Air Peace Airline flight on June 30, 2021, but was, however, detained for screening following reasonable suspicion of the content of the consignment.

“A follow-up operation was subsequently carried out the following day, July 1 when narcotics officers of the MMIA command trailed the driver and a clearing agent that was assigned to deliver the consignment.

“Investigation revealed that they were to deliver it to the house of a baron, Tony Chidi Onwurolu, at No. 132 Lateef Adegboyega Street, off Ago palace way by Grandmate bus stop Okota, Lagos.

“During the follow-up operation, Mr Onwurolu, who mounted a counter-surveillance around his neighbourhood, fled his home before the arrival of the team of operatives who stormed his residence.

“They were however able to search his home and recovered several documents to establish his true identity,” he said.

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The spokesperson said that the NDLEA chairman, Buba Marwa had directed that the fleeing suspect be declared wanted immediately and his details submitted to Interpol for tracking across the world.

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According to him, Marwa had, therefore, directed the agency’s Directorate of Assets and Financial Investigations as well as the Directorate of Intelligence to deploy their networks to fast track the arrest of Mr Onwurolu.

Given the volume of heroin brought into the country by the fleeing baron, the NDLEA boss said the agency would deploy all available mechanisms, locally and internationally, to track him and bring him to face charges in the law court.

“Those who have been on the run for 10 years and some for five years have since been tracked and are now facing charges while cooling their heels behind bars.

“The latest one will not be an exception. He can only run but cannot hide for too long before we get him,” Mr Marwa was quoted to have said.

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