NDLEA, Customs Intercept Illicit Drugs Worth N200m In Lagos

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have intercepted 10 cartons of 225mg Tramadol containing 500,000 tablets weighing 407kg with an estimated street value of N200 million during a joint examination at the NCS warehouse, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The consignment, packaged as Tramaking which had arrived Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) import shed since June 6, 2022 from India via Ethiopian Airline was eventually transferred to the NDLEA by Customs on Wednesday 15th of June.

The two agencies had in an earlier joint examination on Tuesday, June 14, at the Customs enforcement terminal, Tincan seaport, Lagos seized 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 16.5kg.

The exhibit was recovered from a 40-foot container, TRHU 7874497 containing four vehicles. The cannabis coming from Montreal, Canada was discovered in three out of the four vehicles in the container.

The Director of Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi made the disclosure in a release on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Babafemi said that operatives of the anti-narcotic agency at the MMIA also foiled attempts by drug traffickers to export nine parcels of Methamphetamine locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, concealed in Cornflakes packs through the NAHCO export shed on Wednesday, 15 June, 2022.

According to him, two freight agents; Nneji Anoma And Etoh Barnabas have been arrested in connection with the 1.45kg parcels of Methamphetamine heading to Malaysia

In the same vein, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) at the Agency attached to a courier company have intercepted a kilogram of Methamphetamine concealed in body cream containers heading to Australia.

The statement further read: “Meanwhile, the drug cartels also suffered losses in other operations across Adamawa, Borno, Kogi, Ogun, Zamfara and Taraba state.

“A notorious drug dealer, Abdullahi Musa, a.k.a Yerima Uding wanted for some past attacks on officers and men of the agency was in the early hours of Thursday 16th June arrested in Hong town, Adamawa state.

“The 53-year-old suspect was caught with 57 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa, concealed in the boot of his ash coloured Toyota Corolla car with reg. no. GMB 185 MF.

“He has been fingered as the mastermind of the mob attack in Hong on 6th October, 2020 that led to the death of an NDLEA operative and another officer now bedridden due to permanent incapacitation.

“In Borno State, another drug dealer Umar Musa was arrested in Tashan Kano, Gwoza LGA on Thursday 17th June with 8,000 capsules and tablets of Tramadol weighing 4.550kgs, while 32.182kgs cannabis were seized by NDLEA operatives along Okene/Abuja highway, Kogi state from a commercial bus travelling from Lagos to Abuja.

“Following credible intelligence, operatives also arrested one Nwanbunike Chibuike, 22, with 19,576 tablets of Exol-5, Diazepam, Tramadol and Rohypnol as well as 7.9 litres of Codeine at Ogere, Ikenne LGA, Ogun state on Wednesday 15th June.

“In Zamfara, a consignment of 11,660 tablets of Hyponox and 6,000 ampoules of pentazocine injection was recovered from a drug dealer, Success Amaefuna at Tsafe area of the state on his way to Sokoto state, while 5,000 tablets of Tramadol were seized from Darius John F. Mbugun, 33, who ordered the consignment from Onitsha, Anambra state.

“The drug exhibit was concealed in a bag of garri for distribution in Gembu, Sardauna LGA, Taraba state”.

Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) commended the officers and men of the MMIA, DOGI, Tincan, Adamawa, Borno, Kogi, Ogun, Zamfara and Taraba Commands of the Agency for the seizures and arrests.

He encouraged them and their compatriots across other formations to remain vigilant and intensify their offensive action against the drug cartels in all parts of the country.

The drug exhibit was recovered from a 40-foot container, TRHU 7874497 containing four vehicles. The cannabis coming from Montreal, Canada was discovered in three out of the four vehicles in the container

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