Hope James

Another billionaire drug baron identified as Ugochukwu Nsofor Chukwukadibia, jave been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos.

The 52 year old suspect was arrested on Friday, September 30th, during a raid at his warehouse located in the highbrow residential estate, VGC, Lekki Lagos, with over 13 million pills of Tramadol 225mg worth N8.86 billion in street value.

NDLEA Director of Media, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Monday, October 3, said: “The arrest of Ugochukwu, who is the Chairman of Autonation Motors Ltd, is coming barely two months after NDLEA uncovered a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory in the residence of another drug kingpin in the estate, Chris Emeka Nzewi, who was arrested on Saturday 30th July along with a chemist, Sunday Ukah, who cooked the illicit drug for him.

At least 258.74 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and various precursor chemicals used for the production of the toxic drug were recovered from Nzewi’s home during his arrest.

Following credible intelligence, NDLEA operatives on Friday 30th September stormed the Plot A45 Road 2 home of the 52-year-old billionaire drug kingpin. A search of the expansive mansion led to the discovery of 443 cartons of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg, which contains 13,451,466 pills of the drug while some cartons were already burnt in a fire incident in the house the same day.”

Before his arrest, Chukwukadibia, who hails from the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, had been on NDLEA’s watch list as one of those behind the tramadol drug cartel in Nigeria.