By Ononye VC
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has announced the apprehension of a suspected 59-year-old major drug baroness in Delta State.
According to a statement by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Director, Media & Advocacy, the arrest was made on Sunday, May 15, at her palatial mansion where she cooks and distributes crack cocaine, methamphetamine and other illicit substances.
The suspect named, Bridget Oghenekevwe Emeka was arrested alongside nine of her staff and associates.
In a statement,the NDLEA noted that she was arrested in a coordinated simultaneous operation by the NDLEA with support from the military.
The statement reads:
“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.
“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.”
“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, 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.
“The drug baroness has been under surveillance for weeks after her identification as a major distributor of illicit drugs in the South South state. Bridget 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.”