Drug Trafficking: NDLEA seizes 24, 311kgs of heroin, codeine at Lagos ports

*The series of arrests and seizures across the country have further affirmed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s zero tolerance of for production, trafficking and abuse of any illicit substance ─Mohammed Buba Marwa, Chairman of NDLEA

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As part of the regulator’s efforts at protecting the wellbeing of Nigerian consumers against illicit drugs and prohibited substance abuse, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has disclosed it intercepted over 24,311 kgs of heroin, codeine, as well as Arizona and Colorado variants of cannabis in fresh drug busts in at the Lagos Airport.

Mr. Femi Babafemi, Spokesman of NDLEA, who said this in a statement issued Sunday, September 12, 2021, in Abuja, FCT, noted that the latest seizure was made at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), in Ikeja, and Tincan Seaport, Apapa, in Lagos state.

The country’s anti-narcotics agency recently in a related offensive confiscated N6billion worth of Amphetamine, popularly known as “jihadists’ drug’’ at the Apapa port in Lagos.

Babafemi stated that the first seizure was on Friday, September 3, 2021, at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) export shed of MMIA.

According to NDLEA, the operation also led to the interception of two consignments containing 10.350kg heroin and 25.2kg cannabis from South Africa.

In a series of operations between Saturday, September 4 and Monday, September 6 at different locations in Lagos, four suspects were arrested, said Babafemi.

The statement further said: “This included one Mrs. Bello Kafayat Ayo, who was picked from Shino Street, Palmgrove area of the state.”

The agency also disclosed that at the Tincan Seaport, Apapa, narcotic officers intercepted a 40 ft container, loaded with 22,590 kgs of Barcadin Codeine syrup Monday, September 6.

He stated: “This was followed by an intelligence report received from international partners on the container since May, 2021.

“The container was also found to include 4,020.03kg of analgesic tablets and 47 cartons of insulated hot pots used to conceal the illicit drugs, all imported from India.

“Equally, a consignment of Colorado weighing 17.5kg and hidden inside a Grand Caravan Dodge vehicle shipped in a 40ft container from Montreal, Canada, was also seized at the Tincan port.”

According to NDLEA, Miss Bee Okoro, a 20-year-old graduate, was arrested in Abuja for producing and selling drugged candies and cookies.

The statement noted that Idewo Raimi, a 27-year-old dispatch rider, who handled door-to-door delivery for her was also arrested.

The suspects who were arrested at Garki, Area 11, Abuja, Friday, September 10, with a number of their drugged products and 400grams of Loud and Arizona, confessed that they had been in the business for over a year.

Babafemi also said that a total of 1,425.2 kgs of compressed blocks of cannabis sativa were seized in a raid on Aviosi outskirts, close to Uzebba, Owan West Council Area Monday, September 6, in Edo State of Nigeria.

Likewsie, certain Yahaya Mamman was also nabbed along Zaria-Danja road, in Kaduna state, with 10.3kg Tramadol and 60.5kg Exol-6 on Monday, September 6.

The statement also noted: “The previous day, Thursday, Sept. 5, one ThankGod Danladi was also arrested at Tudun Wada area of Jalingo, the Taraba state capital with 44.2kg of cannabis.

“In the same vein, NDLEA operatives in Kwara state on Tuesday, Sept. 7, arrested a 36-year-old lady, Yusuf Sherifat.

“Sherifat, who recently completed a jail sentence following her conviction by a Federal High Court in Ilorin, was arrested for dealing in 22 grams of crack cocaine.

“Her latest arrest along Specialist Hospital road, Alagbado, Ilorin, followed an intelligence report that she had resumed the sale of crack cocaine in Ilorin metropolis.

“This time around, she devised other means of delivering drugs along the road to known customers who contact her via telephone.”

According to the agency, raids across Gombe state between Wednesday, September 1 and Friday, September 10, led to the arrest of nine drug dealers from whom assorted illicit drugs, weighing over 150kg were recovered.

Babafemi added: “One of such was the interception of a DAF truck loaded with 128kg of psychotropic substances coming from Onitsha, Anambra state, along Gombe-Yola Road.”

Meanwhile, the statement said Brig.- Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd.), Chairman of NDLEA, has applauded the Commanders, officers and men of the various Commands of the regulatory agency for their resilience and bravery.

The series of arrests and seizures across the country have further affirmed NDLEA’s zero tolerance for production, trafficking and abuse of any illicit substance, said Marwa.

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