Thailand based Nigerian drug baron linked to executed Filipino lady in China

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    Egbo: Thailand based Egbo works with a ring of Narcotic recruiters in Pillipines

    A Nigerian Drug baron has been identified as one of the links to an executed drug trafficker who was hanged in China recently for trafficking in drug.

    Filipino drug courier, Elizabeth Batain was executed in China on March 30, 2011 after being found guilty of drug trafficking to China.

    Two others accused, Sally Ordinario and Ramon Credo were also executed the same day.

    Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has claimed Nigerian  Samuel Egbo Chukwueloka, 34  and South Korean Choi Yunji have been arrested after selling 1.1 pounds (0.5 kilograms) of cocaine worth $58,140 to a narcotics Police agents posing as a buyer of drugs on Tuesday in Quezon city.

    Both have claimed innocence on charge but sources at the Agency claimed that the Nigerian has been found as the source of the drug which led to the execution of  a Filipino lady Elizabeth Batain who was  executed in China on March 11, this year.

    Drug investigation chief, Jose Gutierrez claimed that Egbo has been traced to be a member of the syndicate that engages in the recruitment of Filipino drug couriers claiming   Elizabeth Batain,  was one of the rins recruits.

    She was caught smuggling narcotics to China far back to 2008.

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    Agency spokesman Derrick Carreon said the syndicate operates around the world, recruiting couriers from various countries.

    He said the Nigerian suspect is based in Thailand.

    PDEA said Egbo’s arrests were made early Tuesday at around 4:45 a.m. in a buy-bust operation in a fast food establishment at Matalino corner Malakas Streets in Quezon City.

    PDEA Director General Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. identified the suspects as Nigerian Samuel Egboy Chukwueloka, 34, and Korean Yunji Choi, 22 years old.
    Both suspects are members of an African Drug Syndicate (ADS). The buy-bust operation was led by Director Jigger B. Montallana from the PDEA Intelligence and Investigation Service (IIS).
    In a press release, PDEA said Egbo was one of the main facilitators behind the recruitment of Filipina drug couriers, including Batain.
    Batain, together with Sally Ordinario and Ramon Credo, were executed in China on March 30, 2011 for drug trafficking.

    “This is another breakthrough in our unrelenting effort to prevent the recruitment of Filipino nationals as drug couriers. PDEA remains ever vigilant and committed to fulfilling our mandate to serve and protect our citizens from the clutches of the drug menace,” said Gutierrez.

    In another development, a Nigerian was has been  ordered to make his defence against a charge of trafficking 1.149g heroin and 206g monoacetymorphines last year.

    High Court Judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah set June 20-21 for hearing after the prosecution proved a prima facie case against Chigozie Ifediora Ejiofor, 28.

    He is alleged to have committed the offence at KFC restaurant in Jalan Changkat, Bukit Bintang here at 5pm on May 8 last year.

    The charge under Section 39B of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 provides for the mandatory death sentence by hanging upon conviction.

    Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Hafiz Mohd Yusoff prosecuted while the accused was represented by counsel Datuk Salehuddin Saidin.

    Source: AP