NDLEA intercepts 1.8m narcotic pills hidden in noodles

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted 1.8 million tramadol and other narcotic pills in Lagos and Gombe states.

Femi Babafemi, spokesperson of the agency, stated on Sunday in Abuja that some of the drugs seized at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja and parts of Gombe State, were hidden in noodle packs.

He added that more than 600,000 pills of 225 mg tramadol brought in from Karachi, Pakistan in two separate shipments on Ethiopian Airlines flights were also intercepted.

The drugs from Karachi were seized at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc. (SAHCO) import shed at the Lagos airport on Monday December 12 and Tuesday December 13

Babafemi added that 5,960 pills of Rohypnol concealed in 60 packs of noodles going to Johannesburg, were also seized at the SAHCO export shed of the airport on Wednesday December 14.

“A female freight agent, Olaleye Adeola has already been arrested in connection with the noodles consignment.

“In Gombe State, 1,154,500 pills of tramadol, Rohypnol and Exol being transported from Onitsha in Anambra to Gombe by a truck driver, Umar Hassan, 28, were seized.

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“The drugs were intercepted on Thursday, December 15 at a bye pass area of Gombe,’’ he stated.

In a related development, a trader at Balogun Market on Lagos Island, Chibuzor Akunne was arrested over his attempt to export a tramadol consignment to Dubai, UAE.

Babafemi stated that the consignment was seized at the Lagos airport on November 25 in collaboration with the zone 2 police headquarters, Lagos.

He added that a market labourer, Oke Abosede whose services were requested to convey the drugs for export was earlier arrested. NAN

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