NDLEA intercepts 12,385kg drugs smuggled into Lagos 1

NDLEA intercepts 3 million dangerous drugs at Lagos terminal; 8, 613 kg Loud at Eko beach

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted three million capsules of opioids more dangerous and potent than tramadol at Jaelith Bonded Container Terminal under Tincan seaport in the Apapa area of Lagos.

The seizure of 3,000,000 capsules of Tapentadol and Carisoprodol weighing 1,500 kilograms on Monday, March 7, 2022, followed a similar operation in which anti-narcotic officers of the Agency also intercepted 8,613 kilograms of Loud cannabis smuggled in from Ghana through the waterways at Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos the previous day, Sunday, March 6.

The seized drugs at the bonded terminal were discovered during a joint examination of a 20-foot container, SUDU 7774749, with men from the Customs service. Investigations revealed that the information on the bill of lading and shipping documents were fake.

According to the spokesman for the agency, Femi Babafemi, further investigations uncovered that the container originated from India and arrived in Nigeria Apapa port on 10th February 2022. Findings showed that the Tramadol found and labelled as Tafrodol 120mg is actually Tapentadol, which is a more dangerous and potent opioid than Tramadol. It was also discovered that the container, SUDU 7774749, was consigned from India at Nhava Sheva port, then transloaded through Morocco and Ghana to Nigeria.

Meanwhile, based on credible intelligence, operatives of the Lagos Command of the Agency in the early hours of Sunday 6th March intercepted a consignment of Cannabis Sativa (Loud) weighing 8,613kg smuggled from Ghana through the waterways to the Eko Atlantic Beach side, Victoria Island.

Some drivers and their assistants: Adeyemi Bayioku, 31; Godwin Anya, 28; Yusuf Taofik, 20, and Adeniyi Adelaja, 19, who were on ground to load the shipment into their vehicles were promptly arrested while two trucks, a Siena space bus, Peugeot Boxer bus and a Toyota Camry car were seized from them.

Chairman/ Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended the officers and men of the Tincan Port and Lagos Command of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to the mission to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs. He also applauded the current synergy and working relationship between the agency and other law enforcement agencies in the country.

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