NDLEA Intercepts 3million Opioid Caps at Lagos Terminal, 8. 613kg Loud at Eko Beach

OPERATIVES of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, were again on sung on Monday, March 7, 2022, as they successfully intercepted three million capsules of opioids, more dangerous and potent than tramadol, at the Jaelith Bonded Container Terminal, under Tincan seaport in Apapa area of Lagos.


The seizure of the 3,000,000 capsules of Tapentadol and Carisoprodol, weighing 1,500kg, followed a similar operation in which anti-narcotic officers of the agency also intercepted 8,613kg of Loud cannabis, smuggled in from Ghana through the waterways at the 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 20ft container, SUDU 7774749, with men of Customs service. Though the consignment was said to have originated from Ningbo province in China and falsely labelled as containing 271 packages of “insulating fittings, faucet water closet wc, industrial office printing machine”, investigations however, revealed that information on the bill of laden and shipping documents were false.


Further investigations revealed that the container originated from India and arrived in Nigeria’s Apapa port on February 10, 2022.


Findings showed that the Tramadol found and labelled as Tafrodol 120mg is actually Tapentadol, which is more dangerous and potent opioid than Tramadol. It was also discovered that the container, SUDU 7774749, was consigned from India in 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, March 6, 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.

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