The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted a container loaded with tramadol at the Apapa seaport in Lagos.
The agency also arrested 90 persons, including an Indian, during raids of some drug cartels in parts of the state, during which a total of 614.396 kilograms of various hard drugs were seized.
At the Apapa seaport, about two million capsules of tramadol tucked in 554 cartons were intercepted in the container, which was falsely declared to contain ceramic tiles.
According to the Apapa seaport area commander of the NDLEA, Samuel Gadzama, one of the containers carrying the illicit drug had been intercepted and seized in Kenya.
“Although the second container found its way to Nigeria, the eagle eyes of our narcotic agents discovered it during a joint inspection of the ship. We’re continuing with further investigations,” he stated.
In the same vein, operatives of the Lagos State command of the agency have raided some drug spots in Agege, Ikorodu, Lekki, Okokomaiko and other parts of the state and dismantled major drug syndicates, arrested suspects and seized large quantities of hard drugs.
Ralph Igwenagu, Lagos State commander of the agency, said:
“The breakdown of the seizures is as follows: Cannabis Sativa 577.020 kg; Cocaine 0.183kg, Heroine 0.003 kg, Tramadol 36.202kg (7,697) tablets, Rohypnol 0.208kg (646) tablets, Diazapam 0.462kg (2066) tablets, Exol-5 0.52kg (316) tablets, making a total of 614.396kg of different types of hard drugs seized.”
It was stated that one of the drug syndicates busted during the raids is being coordinated by one Samuel Ebenezer in Lekki, whose cartel imports special sophisticated drugs baked in cakes, biscuits and cookies from the United States and sells to the rich and affluent people in Lekki and Lagos Island.
The second syndicate is said to be headed by an Indian, Inderpreet Singh, alias Bobby, that imports Tramadol 225mg from India and sells in Nigeria from his Osy Agomo Close, Apple Estate, Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos.
Singh is also a dealer in tricycle parts and the Managing Director of Rashaan Trading Limited.
A Nigerian, Sylvester Omoredien, was arrested with him.
In his reaction to the Apapa seaport seizure and Lagos raids, chairman and chief executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd), commended the commanders, men and officers of the commands involved in the operations.
He charged them to remain focused in the fight against illicit drug users, peddlers, traffickers and the barons.