Less than month that Police detectives in Apapa Area Command of Lagos State had intercepted a 40-foot container laden with drugs suspected to be tramadol and codeine on Aug. 6, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted another 607 cartons containing 11, 785, 800 tablets loaded with tramadol in Lagos.
NDLEA Chairman, Muhammad Abdallah disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja, in a statement by the agency’s Head of Public Affairs, Jonah Achema.
According to reports by NAN, further investigation of the initial smuggling earlier in August revealed another 40 foot container and a joint examination also revealed 255 cartons of different types of tramadol and other banned medicines on Aug. 19.
Abdallah noted that the interception and investigation was with the assistance and cooperation of the Customs Area Command, Apapa.
“This was discovered in another container number TCNU 9465832 belonging to the same suspect transferred to NDLEA by the Police.
“This is making it 3 containers used to carefully conceal illegally imported tramadol and other medicines to Nigeria,” he said.
While enjoining other security agencies to collaborate with the agency in its ongoing investigation, Abdallah assured that the NDLEA would do everything within its powers to get to the root of the drug trade.
He observed that the recent discovery of more tramadol using the same route from Pakistan Asia – Hamburg, Europe – Nigeria showed the dynamic system of operation by the drug cartel to beat security operatives.
“This discovery is a major breakthrough in the fight against illegal importation of tramadol into Nigeria”, he added.