The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday announced what passes for a historic highest hard drug bust in Nigeria.
The involved drug is almost 2000kg of cocaine found in Ikorodu, Lagos.
The anti-drug agency announced this Monday that the hard drug den had an alarming 1.8tons (1,855 kilograms) of the illicit drug, worth more than $278,250,000, according to spokesman Femi Babafemi were recovered.
Four persons believed to be the owners of the drug warehouse included a Jamaican and the warehouse manager. The bust was facilitated through an intelligence-based operation that lasted two days across different locations in Lagos.
The kingpins are Soji Jibril, 69, an indigene of Ibadan, Oyo; Emmanuel Chukwu 65, from Ekwulobia, Anambra; Wasiu Akinade, 53, from Ibadan, Oyo; Sunday Oguntelure, 53, from Okitipupa, Ondo and Kelvin Smith, 42, a native of Kingston, Jamaica.
Babafemi noted that they are all members of an international drug syndicate that the NDLEA has been trailing since 2018.
They were picked from hotels and their hideouts in different parts of Lagos between Sunday night and Monday.
Located at 6 Olukuola crescent inside Solebo estate in Ikorodu, the warehouse was raided on Sunday 18th September.
The drugs kept in the residence are sold to buyers in Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. They were stored in 10 travel bags and 13 drums.