A drug baroness, Bridget Oghenekevwe Emeka, alias Mama, has been arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
According to the NDLEA, 59-year-old who is described as ‘the backbone of a major cartel distributing drugs’ in Delta and adjourning states, has been wanted for years.
She was arrested at her palatial mansion where she makes and distributes Crack Cocaine, Methamphetamine and other illicit substances, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.
Femi Babafemi, the agency’s spokesperson who issued the statement in Abuja noted that no fewer than nine of her staff and associates were arrested along with her in coordinated simultaneous operations at her expansive residence and drug bunks where she accommodates drug users and sells illicit substances to them and others in parts of Warri, Delta State.
The statement said:
Apart from various quantities of Crack Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Molly, and Loud seized from her home and drug bunks; a pump-action gun, 15 cartridges, documents, two cars, mobile phones, drug paraphernalia such as sodium bicarbonate and polythene wrappings were also recovered for further investigation.
While five of her staff that cook, cut, package and distribute the drugs were found in her house located at Favour Street, Otukutu, Effurun Warri, Delta State, four of her associates were equally arrested at her drug bunks in other parts of the town during the raids by Strike Force officers of NDLEA supported by the military.
He said that the drug baroness has been under surveillance for weeks after being identified as a major distributor of illicit drugs in Delta State, where she cooks Cocaine into Crack Cocaine for local distribution and consumption in drug joints.
Some of the paraphernalia for making Crack recovered from her house include; sodium bicarbonate, which is the main adulterant and recipe for making crack cocaine, as well as transparent nylon used in wrapping the finished product.
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the officers and men involved in all the processes leading to the eventual execution of the operation.
He also commended the armed forces for their support of the agency