Onyeaghalachi Stephen Nwagwugwu, one of two brothers who are key suppliers of illegal drugs in the South East and South South regions of the country, has been arrested by agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The older brother, Eze Kaleb Stephen, has now been declared wanted after managing to escape during the midnight operation that was conducted concurrently in their two locations—Umuahia and the Ntigha Okpuola village in Isiala Ngwa North, LGA, Abia.
The agency disclosed this on Tuesday, 29 November, 2022, in a statement through its official website.
The two drug lords share ownership of the armed army that protects their homes and drug establishments, where they trade in a variety of illegal narcotics like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine (Mpuru-miri), loud/arizona and other chemicals.
Four months ago, a new attempt was made to apprehend the pair and put a stop to their illicit activity and on 26 November, 2022, an operation to raid both of their sites took place simultaneously.
Eberechi Kingsley Monday, a member of their militia, was also taken into custody during the operation.
Amounts of cocaine and other strains of cannabis were found in the two residences during the operation. The agency has so far sealed two hotels, one restaurant, two mansions connected to them, and retrieved three exotic automobiles from their homes.
The hotels are named Jahlove Hotel in Mbawsi, Isiala Ngwa North LGA; Noicyhl Luxury Hotel in Aba on the Aba-Port-Harcourt road; and Royal Cruise Fast Food in Enugu on the Isiala Ngwa North LGA in Abia State.
According to investigations, the two infamous brothers started out as pocket dealers in the late 1990s before opening smoking joints in their neighborhood of Ntigha Okpuola. They later developed into barons who owned hotels, homes in upscale neighborhoods of Abia, Rivers, and Imo State, and exotic cars in their garages.