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Imo: Arms Recovered, As NDLEA Nabs Suspected Drug Baron In Village Mansion

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA on Friday , July 5 arrested 42-year-old Joachim Chikaodi Mbonu said to be the leader of a drug syndicate.

It was gathered that Mbonu and his associate, Kenneth Ofoegbu were arrested in his mansion tucked in his Umuomi village, Uzogba-Ezenomi Autonomous Community, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.

The spokesperson of the anti-drug agency, Femi Babafemi, disclosed in a statement that 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 quantity of methamphetamine in South East, South South and other parts of the country.

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‘’After weeks of surveillance, officers of a special operations unit of the agency on Friday 5th July 2024, 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’’

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.

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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Another raid in the home of one of Mbonu’s associates, Odoemenam Pedro Chinedu, currently at large, at Njaba LGA, Imo state, led to the recovery of another pump action gun with 25 cartridges, among other items. While the kingpin cools his heels in custody, two of his mansions in Imo state have been marked for possible forfeiture to the federal government.

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