The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has intercepted and seized 607 cartons loaded with 11, 785, 800 tablets of tramadol in Lagos. According to the agency’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr Jonah Achema, its Chairman, Muhammed Abdallah, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that police detectives in the Apapa Area Command, Lagos had intercepted a 40-foot container laden with banned drugs suspected to be tramadol and codeine on the 6 th of August.
It was also reported that further investigations by the police and NDLEA officials led to the discovery of another 40-foot container which was loaded with 255 cartons of different types of tramadol and other banned drugs on the 19 th of August. Speaking to newsmen, Abdallah said the successful interception and investigation was made possible with the cooperation of the Customs Area Command, Apapa.
“This was discovered in another container number TCNU 9465832 belonging to the same suspect transferred to NDLEA by the Police. This is making it 3 containers used to carefully conceal illegally imported tramadol and other medicines to Nigeria,” he said.
The NDLEA boss assured that the NDLEA would do everything within its powers to get to the root of the drug trade and called on other security agencies to collaborate with the agency in its ongoing investigation”.
He added that the recent discovery of more tramadol using the same route from Pakistan Asia – Hamburg, Europe – Nigeria showed the sophisticated modus operandi used by the drug cartel to beat security operatives. “This discovery is a major breakthrough in the fight against illegal importation of tramadol into Nigeria”, he concluded.