The NDLEA has taken down a major drug cartel behind the production and distribution of the deadly psychoactive substance; methamphetamine, popularly called’mkpuru mmiri’.


This was after operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), arrested the syndicate leader, 42-year-old Joachin Chikaodi Mbonu, and his associates in his mansion located at Umuomi village, Uzogba-Ezenomi autonomous community, Ikeduru local government area of Imo State.


In a statement, the spokesperson of the anti-drug agency, Femi Babafemi, says the cartel with operational bases in Imo and Rivers State became a target of the agency following intelligence indicating it is responsible for the distribution of substantial quantities of methamphetamine in the South East, South South, and other parts of the country.

‘After weeks of surveillance, officers of a special operations unit of the agency tracked and traced the drug 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 gun, and cartridges recovered.”

Also, Babafemi said exhibits recovered from the house include: 419.99 grams of methamphetamine; 750 grams of iodine, a precursor chemical for meth; 500 grams of sodium bicarbonate, a precursor chemical for meth; two electronic weighing scales and a pump action gun with four cartridges.

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In addition, he mentioned that the operatives moved swiftly to another of Mbonu’s hideout located at 11 Redemption Avenue, Port Harcourt, Rivers state where they recovered additional exhibits: 750 grams of processed sodium bicarbonate; 170 grams of plain sodium bicarbonate; and 75 grams of meth.

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