NDLEA intercepts US, UK -bound illicit drugs

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted

five different parcels of illicit drugs at a Courier film in Lagos State.

NDLEA’s spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi said on Sunday in a statement that the consignments were concealed in ladies’ clothes and synthetic hair going to the United States and United Kingdom.

NDLEA officers attached to the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) recorded the feat on Wednesday 5th June, 2024 Babafemi said.

Some of the seized drugs, include 620 ampoules of pentazocine injection, promethazine and other opioids, according to the anti-narcotic Agency.

Operatives of NDLEA, also intercepted another consignment of 175,000 bottles of the same opioid imported from India last week.

This happened barely one week after seizing a shipment of 175,000 bottles of codeine-based syrup at the Port Harcourt Ports complex in Onne, Rivers State.

NDLEA said the two seizures followed earlier intelligence, which made the Agency request that the shipment be stepped down for 100 percent examination.

The Agency also said latest seizure of 875 cartons of codeine containing 175,000 bottles and weighing 26,250kg, was made on Friday 7th June 2024 during a joint examination by NDLEA, Customs Service and other security agencies.

The container marked HASU 4787890 from India was enroute C to C bonded terminal in Enugu, the NDLEA said.

Elsewhere in Kebbi state, NDLEA operatives on patrol on Kalgo-Birnin Kebbi road on Saturday 8th June arrested a 32-year-old Nigerien, Hassan Mummuni with 4,000 pills of diazepam and 1.250kg cannabis.

The illicit substance was concealed in four pesticide tanks, while operatives in Gombe state same day arrested Ibrahim Abubakar (aka Alhajiji) at Herwagana, with 6,740 pills of tramadol and 20,000 tablets of diazepam.

NDLEA stated that 1,098 bottles of codeine-based syrup were recovered from a suspect, Onyekachi ThankGod Iwula, 42, following his arrest in a commercial bus at Aloma junction, Otukpa, Ogbadibo LGA, Benue State.

In Bauchi state, NDLEA officers on patrol on Ningi-Kano road on Wednesday 5th June

Meanwhile, NDLEA officers on patrol on Ningi-Kano road on Wednesday 5th June arrested a 20-year-old lady, Hasana Usman, with 25 blocks of cannabis sativa that weighed 28.2kg.

He was arrested along with their counterparts in Yobe State, Ali Mohammed, 42, who was nabbed on Kano-Potiskum road, with 19,000 pills of tramadol 225mg concealed in a black sack and the suspect’s travelling bag.

Similarly, 57-year-old Oladimeji Samson was arrested in a commercial bus at the Ibadan end, of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in Oyo State.

The suspect was caught with 79 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing of 44.4kg and 48 grams of ecstasy, all concealed in the engine compartment under the driver’s seat of the bus.

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