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Tons of drugs intercepted at Lagos airport, five states



Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have foiled attempts by drug traffickers to export parcels of Methamphetamine at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, and a courier company in Lagos.

Spokesman of the Agency, Femi Babafemi, in a statement Sunday said the drugs popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri were concealed in Cornflakes packs and body cream containers and headed for Malaysia and Australia.

He said two freight agents, Nneji Anoma And Etoh Barnabas were arrested in connection with the seizure.

The spokesman also said a notorious drug dealer, Abdullahi Musa, aka Yerima Uding, wanted for some past attacks on officials of the agency, was arrested in Hong Town, Adamawa State.

Babafemi said another consignment of 10 cartons of Tramadol 225mg packaged as Tramaking containing 500,000 tablets weighing 407kg and an estimated street value of N200,000,000 has been seized during a joint examination with the Customs at the NCS warehouse.

The consignment arrived SAHCO import shed on June 6 from India via Ethiopian Airline.

It reads, “The previous day, Tuesday 14th June, a similar joint examination with Customs at the Customs enforcement terminal, Tincan seaport, Lagos led to the seizure of 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 16.5kgs. The drug exhibit was recovered from a 40-foot container, TRHU 7874497 containing four vehicles. The cannabis coming from Montreal, Canada was discovered in three out of the four vehicles in the container.

“In the same vein, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI at the Agency attached to a courier company have intercepted a kilogram of Methamphetamine concealed in body cream containers heading to Australia.

“In Borno State, another drug dealer Umar Musa was arrested in Tashan Kano, Gwoza Local Government Area on Thursday 17th June with 8,000 capsules and tablets of Tramadol weighing 4.550kgs, while 32.182kgs cannabis were seized by NDLEA operatives along Okene/Abuja highway, Kogi State from a commercial bus travelling from Lagos to Abuja.

“Following credible intelligence, operatives also arrested one Nwanbunike Chibuike, 22, with 19,576 tablets of Exol-5, Diazepam, Tramadol and Rohypnol as well as 7.9 litres of Codeine at Ogere, Ikenne Local Government, Ogun State on Wednesday 15th June.

“In Zamfara, a consignment of 11,660 tablets of Hyponox and 6,000 ampoules of pentazocine injection was recovered from a drug dealer, Success Amaefuna at Tsafe area of the state on his way to Sokoto state, while 5,000 tablets of Tramadol were seized from Darius John F. Mbugun, 33, who ordered the consignment from Onitsha, Anambra State. The drug exhibit was concealed in a bag of gari for distribution in Gembu, Sardauna Local Government Area, Taraba State.

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