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A trans-border drug dealer, Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong, has been arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with three drums of crystal methamphetamine, locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, imported from India.

The consignment weighing 90 kilograms and loaded into a commercial bus with registration number RSH 691XC at Ojuelegba in Lagos was intercepted by the NDLEA operatives during a stop and search operation along Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene highway in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday.

This was disclosed via a statement issued and made available to The Star on Sunday by the NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

Babafemi stated that the dangerous drug packed 30kg in each drum was meant for Pastor Effiong, who was arrested in a follow-up operation at Oron beach in Oron, noting that the recovered Meth drums were meant for onward delivery to Cameroon.

According to the anti-drug agency spokesman, the seizure comes on the heels of four seizures of the same illicit substance weighing 4.074kg going to Australia, Indonesia, and Philippines with a 3kg cannabis sativa heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates at some courier companies in Lagos.

He added that the consignments were concealed in body cream, hot burner iron, and beads.

Speaking on the arrests and seizures, the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the anti-drug officers for their recent feats.

Marwa, however, charged them and others across the country to remain focused and vigilant.

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