NDLEA seizes 548,000 Tramadol tablets, arrests drug kingpin in Anambra

*The anti-narcotics agency says following the search of the suspect’s warehouse, its operatives seized 548,000 tablets of Tramadol branded as Tarkadol, weighing 302.500kgs

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In continuation of its avowed commitment to ridding Nigeria of illicit drugs and prohibited substance abuse, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested Okeke Chijioke, 44, a major illegal drug kingpin in Anambra State, and recovered 548,000 tablets of Tramadol branded as Tarkadol.

ConsumerConnect reports the agency’s operatives confiscated the medicines from Chijioke’s warehouse located at 3, Atunya Street, Maryland Estate, Nkwelle, Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

Tramadol  Photo: File

Femi Babafemi, Spokesman of NDLEA, who stated this Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Abuja, FCT, said the NDLEA operatives earlier had arrested the suspect Saturday, July 10, following credible intelligence and surveillance, which confirmed he stocked his warehouse with the illicit drug.

Babafemi explained that after the search of his warehouse, the agency’s operatives seized 548,000 tablets of Tarkadol, weighing 302.500kgs from the location.

He noted that the suspect accepted ownership of the substance recovered.

The Spokesman stated: “Preliminary investigation has established that Tarkadol is a brand of Tramadol that has just been introduced into the market to evade attention.

“The substance has also tested positive to amphetamine.”

He also said: “The drug was equally labeled 100mg pain reliever on its packs to avoid scrutiny, while laboratory tests confirmed it’s a 225mg drug.

“It was further discovered that the drug was manufactured in India and smuggled into Nigeria without NAFDAC number or certification.

“During the search on the warehouse, a double barrel pump gun with 3 live cartridges, which licence expired since 2019, was also discovered and recovered.”

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