NDLEA Intercepts Meth Consignments at Lagos Airport, Courier Firm

*Arrests Wanted Notorious Drug Dealer in Adamawa
*Seizes Tons of Illicit Substances in 5 Other States

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have foiled more attempts by drug traffickers to export parcels of Methamphetamine, popularly called Mkpuru Mmiri locally, concealed in Cornflakes packs and body cream containers to Malaysia and Australia via the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, and a courier company in Lagos.

Following the breakthrough, the successful operation, the anti-narcotic operatives arrested two freight agents, Nneji Anoma And Etoh Barnabas, suspected to be involved in the illicit export weighing 1.45kg on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Operatives also seized another consignment of 10 cartons of Tramadol 225mg, packaged as Tramaking containing 500,000 tablets, with a total weight of 407kg and an estimated street value of N200m, during a joint examination with the Customs at the NCS warehouse.

The consignment, which arrived SAHCO import shed from India via Ethiopia Airlines since June 6, was eventually transferred to the NDLEA by Customs on Wednesday, June 15.

On Tuesday, June 14, a similar joint examination with Customs at the Customs enforcement terminal, Tincan seaport, Lagos led to the seizure of 33 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 16.5kgs. The drug exhibit was recovered from a 40-foot container, TRHU 7874497 containing four vehicles. The cannabis coming from Montreal, Canada was discovered in three out of the four vehicles in the container.

In a similar operation, operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to a courier company, intercepted a kilogram of Methamphetamine concealed in body cream containers heading to Australia.
Meanwhile, the drug cartels have also suffered losses in other operations across Adamawa, Borno, Kogi, Ogun, Zamfara and Taraba states. In one of the operations, officers and men of the agency arrested a notorious drug dealer, Abdullahi Musa, a.k.a Yerima Uding, who has been on the wanted for some past attacks on anti-narcotic agents. He was nabbed in Hong town, Adamawa state, in the early hours of Thursday, June 16.

The 53-year-old suspect was caught with 57 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa, concealed in the boot of his ash coloured Toyota Corolla car with reg. no. GMB 185 MF. He has been fingered as the mastermind of the mob attack in Hong on October 6, 2020 which led to the death of an NDLEA operative with another officer now bedridden due to permanent incapacitation.

In Borno State, another drug dealer, Umar Musa, was arrested in Tashan Kano, Gwoza council area on Thursday, June 17, with 8,000 capsules and tablets of Tramadol, weighing 4.550kg, while 32.182kg cannabis were seized by NDLEA operatives along Okene/Abuja highway, Kogi state, from a commercial bus travelling from Lagos to Abuja.

Following credible intelligence, operatives also arrested one Nwanbunike Chibuike, 22, with 19,576 tablets of Exol-5, Diazepam, Tramadol and Rohypnol as well as 7.9 litres of Codeine at Ogere, Ikenne council area of Ogun state on Wednesday, June 15.

In Zamfara, a consignment of 11,660 tablets of Hyponox and 6,000 ampoules of pentazocine injection was recovered from a drug dealer, Success Amaefuna, at Tsafe area of the state on his way to Sokoto state, while 5,000 tablets of Tramadol were seized from Darius John F. Mbugun, 33, who ordered the consignment from Onitsha, Anambra state. The drug exhibit was concealed in a bag of gari for distribution in Gembu, Sardauna council area of Taraba state.

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