An 80-year-old woman, identified as Mary Adebayo; her 19-year-old granddaughter, known as Funmilola Adebayo, and two other ladies have been arrested in Akure, the Ondo state capital, by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) for selling various illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and skuchies.
The NDLEA said following intelligence-based raids and follow-up operations on their locations on Sunday, May 2, 2021, over 192 kilograms of cocaine and other psychoactive substances were seized from the suspects.
Femi Babafemi, the spokesman for the Agency, said in a statement on Wednesday that the 80-year-old woman, her granddaughter, and two other ladies, identified as Tessy Matthew and Blessing Adesida, were arrested.
As a result, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), the Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, directed the acting NDLEA Commander in Ondo State, Callys Alumona, to launch a manhunt for other members of the drug cartel currently on the run.
The NDLEA chairman said Mary and her granddaughter were arrested around 6.30 am on Sunday on Ayeyemi Street, Akure South Local Government Area of the state.
Among the items recovered from the suspects during the early morning raid were 149kg of skuchies; cocaine, 11 grams; methamphetamine, 17 grams; heroin, three grams; cannabis Sativa, 4.914kg; swinol, eight grams; and tramadol, 49 grams.
Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle.
On the same date around 1.30 pm, a raid carried out on the Rate Hotel, Care Street, Akure South LGA, led to the arrest of 25-year-old Tessy Matthew, from whom 33 kilograms of skuchies were seized.
Following primary interrogation, a follow-up operation was instantly carried out, leading to the arrest of 25-year-old Blessing Adesida in the Oshinle area of Akure South LGA from whom three kilograms of skuchies and seven grams of cannabis were seized.
Alumona said other members of the two drug cartels were on the agency’s watch list and efforts were ongoing to arrest them.