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51 drug dealers arrested, N1.4bn Tramadol intercepted in Kano, Lagos

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 51 suspects in a raid at Sky Restaurant in the Nasarawa area of the…

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 51 suspects in a raid at Sky Restaurant in the Nasarawa area of the state.

The spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that the suspects, arrested on July 29, were caught with various quantities of cannabis and codeine-based cough syrup.

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He also said no fewer than 2,750,000 tablets of Tramadol 225mg weighing 1,650kgs worth N1.4bn were intercepted at the Apapa port in Lagos State.

According to him, the consignment, packed in 55 cartons of Tapentadol and Carisoprodol types of Tramadol, was seized during examination of a container number SUDU 7538656 on July 30 following credible intelligence.

“This comes on the heels of similar efforts by anti-narcotic officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja that thwarted bids by drug traffickers to export various psychoactive substances to London, UK and Dubai, UAE, through the Lagos airport in the past week.

“At least five suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the attempts,” Babafemi said.

On July 25, a Dubai, UAE, bound passenger, Ms. Ebhodaghei Gloria Osenemeshen, was intercepted during the outward clearance of travellers on Rwanda Air via Kigali to Dubai.

Discovered in her luggage were sachets of Tramadol 225mg concealed inside gari, a cassava product packed among other foodstuffs.

She, however, claimed that the bag was given to her by someone in whose house she spent the night before to help deliver it to another person in Dubai.

The following day, Tuesday, July 26, a total of 50 blocks of hemp, weighing 27.1kgs, concealed inside a large quantity of crayfish going to London, UK, as part of a consolidated cargo, were seized at the SAHCO export shed.

On the same day, a Dubai-bound female passenger, Emebradu Precious Rachael, was arrested with 1.8kg hemp packed inside bitter leaf in her luggage while attempting to board a Rwanda Air flight to the UAE via Kigali.

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