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NDLEA Records 1,445 Drug Convictions In Six Months

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has achieved a significant milestone by securing the prosecution and conviction of 1,445 drug traffickers across the country from January to June. The convictions were obtained in the Federal High Court, and an additional 11,166 drug suspects are currently undergoing trial.

According to Mr. Femi Babafemi, the spokesperson for NDLEA, out of the 1,445 convicts, 221 are female, while 1,224 are male. Among the pending cases, 10,626 involve male suspects, and 540 involve female suspects.

These arrests and prosecutions were related to the seizure of a total of 555,953.70 kilograms of various drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, cannabis, tramadol, and others.

One notable case involved a 34-year-old South American man named Dadda Lorenzo from Suriname. NDLEA operatives arrested Lorenzo at the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) in Rivers State for drug trafficking.

He was found in possession of 117 parcels of cocaine concealed in extra-large latex condoms and hidden inside bottles of 100ml body spray. The suspect claimed that he had traveled from Suriname to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then to Nigeria in search of his long-lost Nigerian father, whom he referred to as “Omini.”

After his arraignment before Justice E.A. Obile of the Federal High Court 2 in Port Harcourt on June 1, Lorenzo pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of importation and unlawful possession of 9.9kgs of cocaine.

On July 20, the court convicted him and sentenced him to 13 years imprisonment on both counts without an option of a fine. Additionally, the court ordered the forfeiture of Ninety ($90) United States Dollars and Ten (R$10) Brazilian Real, which were recovered from Lorenzo at the time of his arrest, to the Federal Government.

Furthermore, the court rejected Lorenzo’s counsel’s application for deportation, and he is now serving his sentence at the Correctional Centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The successful prosecution and conviction of Lorenzo exemplify one of the 1,445 drug cases concluded by the NDLEA from January to June across the country. This highlights the agency’s commitment to combating drug trafficking and promoting a safer society.

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