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Customs intercepts N4.27bn cocaine, colorado at Tin-Can Port

Customs intercepts N4.27bn cocaine, colorado at Tin-Can Port

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Thursday, said it intercepted four containers laden with arms and ammunition alongside illicit drugs imported from South Africa and Canada into Tin-Can Island Port.

Adewale Adeniyi, comptroller general of Customs, disclosed this while addressing journalists on the recent seizures recorded by operatives of Tin-Can Island Command of the service in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

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Adeniyi said that operatives of Tin-Can Island Command reported several multiple interceptions of illicit drugs, arms, and ammunition at various locations, representing a concerted effort to prevent illegal entry into the country through diverse routes and means of conveyance.

He said the interceptions have brought to light a concerning trend wherein criminal networks engage in collaborative attempts to subvert the competency of the agencies tasked with mitigating the entry of illicit substances.

The Customs boss said that “65 packets of Colarado Indica weighing 32.5kg seized from 1X40FT Container No. UACU 534833/6 imported from Canada. 17 packets weighing 16.690kg confirmed to be Cocaine, 151 packets Colarado Indica weighing 107 kg, One (1) piece Gen2 Airsoft pistol with serial No. 471908, empty magazine, 49 rounds of 7.62 mm live ammunition, 197 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, precursor chemicals for the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine, 8 bags weighing 25kg tartaric acid, 100kegs of unspecified substances seized from 1x40ft Container No. MSCU 458177/0 was imported from Durban South Africa.

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“40 packets weighing 39.7 kg confirmed to be Cocaine, 1026 packets weighing 688.2kg confirmed to be Colarado Indica, Two (2) pistols without serial numbers, one pistol with SerialNo. AZYSRA6YSO12101181, three (3) empty magazines, 275 rounds of 5.5mm M16 Tavor live ammunition, six rounds of 9mm blank ammunition seized from in 1x40ft container No. THRU 796807/1imported from Durban South Africa,” he explained.