NDLEA Grabs 3 Trans-Border Traffickers


*Seizes 48,000 Tabs of Tramadol in Adamawa
*Intercepts 1,229kg Imported Loud in Lagos
*And 22 UK, France, Portugal Passports at MMIA

OPERATIVES of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have picked up three trans-border drug traffickers trying to smuggle 48,000 tablets of 225mg Tramadol through Mubi, Adamawa state, to Cameroon Republic.


The trio, Mohammed Hussaini, 32, Adamu Bella, 18, and Mohammed Umar, 18, were arrested on Friday, January 28, at the Tsamiya Junction, Madanya Road, Mubi, Mubi North council area, Adamawa state. The illicit drugs were concealed in the packets of another drug,

When interviewed, the suspects claimed the drugs were being taken to Bagira town along Nigeria-Cameroon border to be delivered to some Cameroonians for onward delivery to Maroa in Cameroon.


Meanwhile, in yet another round of raids across Lagos and Edo states, NDLEA agents seized over 1,500 kg of imported Loud and other illicit substances.


The Interception is coming on the heels of a similar operation at Alaba Rago area of Lagos where operatives of the state NDLEA command intercepted 1,200 parcels of imported Loud, a strong variant of cannabis suspected to have been smuggled into the state from a neighbouring country with a total weight of 1,229 kg.

In Edo state, NDLEA operatives recovered 19 bags of cannabis weighing 144.10kg stored in the bush along Uromi Road, Esan North East council area. The consignment was being readied for transportation to other parts of the country. Another eight bags of the same substance, weighing 111kg, were recovered from a bush at Iruekpen, Esan West council area.

On Wednesday, January 26, NDLEA operatives arrested one Ibrahim Musa, 25, at Suru Alaba, Ajeromi-Ifelodun council area of Lagos state, with 18,530 tablets of Tramadol, Rohynol, Diazepam, Exol-5, and 138 bottles of Codeine.


In yet another breakthrough, NDLEA agents attached to the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International, MMIA, Lagos, intercepted a consignment of 22 international passports of six different countries concealed in a bag of Gari among other food items. The seizure was made during a routine cargo search. Nine of the passports include three each of UK, France and Portugal, while Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon had 8, 4 and 1 respectively.


Also at the airport, NDLEA operatives equally recovered 12 parcels of cannabis weighing 4.95kg and concealed in a carton of Golden Morn, packaged for export through the SAHCO export shed.


In Plateau state on Friday, January 28, a team of NDLEA officers arrested two suspects-Emeka Ezenwa, 37, and Julius Akingbe, 45, for being in possession of 126.5grams of methamphetamine, concealed inside a DVD player coming from Lagos. A raid in Kampani Zera- Wase council area of the state on the same day led to the arrest of Fatima Sadiq, 20, who was caught with 21.3kg of cannabis.


A similar raid of a notorious drug joint, Bakin Kogi Ringim, Jigawa state, on the same Friday, led to the recovery of different quantities of Cannabis, Diazepam, Exol-5 and some new psychoactive substances with a total weight of 8.680kg. The raid also uncovered as a cache of weapons, including knives, cutlasses, Gora sticks, catapults and charms.

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