NDLEA intercepts illegal drugs hidden in imported car


Agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have made several recent discoveries of illegal drugs being smuggled in and out of Nigeria.

At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, the agency found 126 packages of Canadian loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis, hidden inside a used Toyota Corolla imported from Toronto, Canada. The vehicle weighed 63 kilograms. The agency also foiled an attempt by a goods agent to export 900 grams of the same substance to Kenya. The drugs were concealed inside the walls of a travel bag containing food items.

According to Femi Babafemi, the spokesman for the anti-narcotics agency, operatives noticed that the side walls of the bag were unevenly bloated during a search of the bag. The officers then dismantled the false packings and recovered the illicit substance.

On Friday, April 28, NDLEA operatives at the Tincan port also intercepted 63 kg of Canadian loud that was packed in bags in the boot of one of the five used vehicles in a container marked TLLU4840762, which had come from Toronto via Montreal. During a joint examination with other stakeholders at the port, the drugs were discovered.

Additionally, on Thursday, April 27, the agency’s Directorate of Operations and Investigation, attached to courier firms, intercepted 1.53 kg of skunk that was concealed in old hard drives meant for export to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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In Benue, operatives recovered 859 bottles of Codeine-based syrup weighing 117.3 kg, which were abandoned by a suspected dealer about two kilometers away from an NDLEA checkpoint along Enugu-Otukpo road on Wednesday, April 26.

In Kano, two suspects, Kabiru Muhammed (35) and Isah Muhammed (28), were arrested with 20 blocks of cannabis weighing 11.2 kg. The drugs were concealed in a bag of cassava flakes (garri) along Zaria-Kano road on Friday, April 28.

In Ala town, Akure area of Ondo state, NDLEA operatives raided an uncompleted building located in a bush and recovered seven bags of cannabis with a gross weight of 74.5 kg.

Aminu Mohammed was caught with 60 kg of the same material hidden in two giant bags of shoes along the Ibadan-Oyo route in Oyo State when he was waiting to board a truck to Kebbi State.

On Saturday, April 29, NDLEA agents stormed a covert facility in Mubi, Adamawa state, where a novel psychoactive chemical called Akuskura was being made in massive quantities and trafficked to Chad, Cameroon, and Niger Republic.

These discoveries highlight the continued efforts of the NDLEA to crack down on drug trafficking in Nigeria.

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