NDLEA arrests pastor with drums of Mkpuru Mmiri

NDLEA arrests pastor with drums of Mkpuru Mmiri

A trans-border drug dealer, Pastor Anietie Effiong, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for trafficking three drums of crystal methamphetamine, locally called Mkpuru Mmiri.

According to the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja disclosed this, adding that the suspect shipped the drugs from India.

The illicit drug found in the consignment weighing 90kg was reportedly loaded into a commercial bus at Ojuelegba, Lagos, and was intercepted during a stop and search operation along the Umuahia-Ikot-Ekpene highway on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

The investigation by the NDLEA revealed that the drug, packed 30kg in each drum, was meant for Effiong, who was arrested in a follow-up operation at Oron beach in Oron.

The recovered meth drums were reportedly meant for onward delivery to the Republic of Cameroon.

“At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, a 37-year-old indigene of Ovia LGA, Edo State, resident in Italy, Solo Osamede, was arrested for ingesting 41 wraps of heroin. He was nabbed and taken into custody for excretion while attempting to board a Turkish airline flight to Milan, Italy, via Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, July 30.

“The swallowed wraps of the illicit drug were recovered in four excretions, which the suspect completed on Monday, August 1,” the statement added.

Babafemi continued, “This comes on the heels of four seizures of the same illicit substance weighing 4.074kg going to Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“This also comes with a 3kg cannabis Sativa heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at some courier companies in Lagos.

“The consignments were concealed in body cream, hot burner iron and beads.”

The NDLEA spokesman quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and men of the command in Akwa Ibom for their recent feats.