NDLEA discovers new route for illegal drugs importation

*Latest discovery is a major breakthrough for the agency, reveals new route for movement of tramadol from Pakistan via Europe (Hamburg) to Nigeria, says NDLEA Chairman

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

After recent follow up investigations by the regulatory body in its efforts at ensuring the wellbeing of Nigerians, operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered a new route criminally minded persons use to import prohibited drugs into Nigeria.

Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, who disclosed this said the agency had discovered another a 40-foot container at Brawal Terminal in Lagos.

NDLEA Operatives Uncover Illegal Drugs Importation in Lagos   Photo: NDLEA

Abdallah stated that the discovery was made during follow up investigations by the NDLEA after the police intercepted a 40-foot container laden with about 40 cartons of tramadol and other banned drugs, concealed in cartons of brushes, says Channels TV.

A joint examination said to have been conducted on the container revealed that 255 cartons of different types of tramadol and other banned medicines were concealed therein.

According to Abdallah, further investigation by the NDLEA revealed that the tramadol was manufactured in Pakistan – a newly discovered country for the manufacturing of such drugs formerly known to have its origin in India.

The Chairman of NDLEA described the latest discovery as a major breakthrough for the agency, revealing that the new route for movement of tramadol into the country was from Pakistan via Europe (Hamburg) to Nigeria.

The agency would get to the root of the investigation which he said was of global interest, he said.

Abdallah called on other security agencies to collaborate with the NDLEA in achieving a successful investigation.

He as well commended the Nigeria Police, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and other agencies for their cooperation with the agency.

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