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NDLEA intercepts over N1.37bn worth of Tramadol tablets

About Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty (2,750,000) tablets of Tramadol 225mg weighing 1,650 kilograms worth One Billion Three Hundred and Seventy Five Million Naira (N1,375, 000,000) have been intercepted at the Apapa port in Lagos.

The consignment intercepted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA include 55 cartons of Tapentadol and Carisoprodol types of Tramadol on Saturday 30th July following credible intelligence.

Mr Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesman, in a statement says, similar efforts by anti-narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja thwarted moves by some drug traffickers to export various psychoactive substances to London, UK and Dubai, UAE.

“At least, five suspects have so far been arrested in connection to the attempts”. He stated.

He also said, on 25th July, a Dubai, UAE bound passenger Ms Ebhodaghei Osenemeshen was intercepted sachets of Tramadol 225mg concealed inside gari, a cassava product packed among other foodstuffs.

The following day, 26th July, a total of 50 blocks of cannabis sativa with a total weight of 27.1kg concealed inside large quantity of crayfish going to London, UK as part of a consolidated cargo were seized at the SAHCO export shed.

Same day, a Dubai bound female passenger, Emebradu Previous Rachael, was arrested with 1.8kg cannabis packed inside bitter leaf in her luggage while attempting to board Rwanda Air flight to UAE via Kigali.

The mother of one who hails from Oghara in Delta State said she was into selling of men’s wears before she decided to travel to Dubai to expand her clothing business.

In the same vein, operatives at the NAHCO import shed of the airport on Saturday 30th July evacuated cartons of khat leaf with a total weight of 51.50kg.

The consignment had earlier come in from Sierra Leone on Royal Air Moroc flight.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; editing by Adeniyi Bakare