The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the weekend arrested a suspected drug baron, Tochukwu Harris Ubah, who is said to be coordinating a large volume of methamphetamine and ephedrine distribution in the country.
In a statement issued by Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, in Lagos on Sunday, Ubah was arrested at the old local section of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos upon arrival from Enugu.
“He was nabbed after vigorous undercover operations in connection with illegal exportation of 576kgs of narcotics to Durban, South Africa through Apapa Port.
“The drug made up of 266kg of methamphetamine and 310kgs of ephedrine valued at 4.6 billion Naira were hidden inside noodles, cereals and palm oil.”
Although the surveillance report indicates that he is a major player in drug smuggling, Ubah hides under the cover of floor tile business.
“Apart from the seized drugs, other items in the consignment include maize, vegetables, palm oil, malt drinks, seasoning, noodles and cereals.”
He was immediately taken to the Port to witness the search operations.
“The methamphetamine was hidden inside packs of Golden Morn Cereals and Indomie Noodles while the ephedrine was concealed among gallons of palm oil.”
Preliminary investigations by the NDLEA revealed that the suspect is also known with various aliases: Etochukwu Alaek Weubah and Eto Ubah.
Ubah’s arrest took place simultaneously with the interception of the consignment of drugs to South Africa.