Eight billion, eight hundred and sixty million naira worth of Tramadol in street value have been recovered by operatives of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), from one of the mansions of a suspected billionaire drug baron, Mr. Ugochukwu Chukwukadibia, in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City, Lekki area of Lagos.
The arrest of Ugochukwu who is the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd is coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory in the residence of another suspected drug kingpin in the estate, Chris Emeka Nzewi, was arrested along with a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who cooked the illicit drug for him.
At least, two hundred and fifty eight point seven four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and various precursor chemicals used for the production of the toxic drug were recovered from Nzewi’s home during his arrest.Mr. Ugochukwu who hails from Ihiala local government area of Anambra state, has been on the agency’s watch list as one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria.
Preliminary investigation shows that he has about six mansions within the VGC, one of which he uses to warehouse the tramadol consignment, while he lives in one and another as his office.
Reacting to the latest drug haul, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa retired, commended the officers and men involved in the operation for their diligence while also appreciating Nigerians for supporting the Agency in its arduous task of ridding the country of the menace of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.