Two Abuja-bound ‘smugglers’ arrested with Nitrous Oxide ‘laughing gas’

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two suspects, Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe for attempting to smuggle 1,194 cylinders of laughing gas into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The consignments, loaded in two Toyota Sienna buses were intercepted by NDLEA operatives on Okene-Lokoja-Abuja expressway on Friday 22nd September, 2023.

The items, met for distribution in FCT, was intercepted by NDLEA operatives who arrested and thereafter took the suspects into custody.

Spokesman for the agency, Femi Babafemi in a statement on Sunday said one of the Toyota Sienna buses marked KTU 582 HV was conveying 99 cartons containing 594 cylinders weighing 1,267.200 kilograms.

The other bus with registration number FKJ 329 YA was conveying 100 cartons of the substance with 600 cylinders weighing 1,280 kilograms.

A 48-year-old woman, Mrs. Ugo Eluba was also arrested in Abuja in a follow up operation after 2,400 ampules of pentazocine injection and 100,000 tablets of Exol-5 intercepted in Kogi state were traced to her, the statement said.

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