Nosa Aituamen FRCN
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has again seized over 24, 311 kilograms of heroin, codeine as well as Arizona and Colorado variants of cannabis in fresh drug busts at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, and the Tincan seaport, Apapa, Lagos state.
This came barely a week after the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA intercepted N6 billion worth of Amphetamine, popularly known as jihadists’ drug at the Apapa port in Lagos.
The Director, Media and Advocacy for NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, revealed that the first seizure came on Friday, 3rd September 2021 at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA where two consignments containing 10.350kg heroin and 25.2kg cannabis from South Africa were intercepted.
In series of sting operations between Saturday 4th Sept and Monday 6th Sept, in different parts of Lagos, four suspects were arrested including Mrs. Bello Kafayat Ayo who was picked from Shino Street, Palmgroove area of the state.
At the Tincan seaport, Apapa, narcotic officers intercepted a 40ft container loaded with 22,590 kilograms of Barcadin Codeine syrup on Monday 6th September, following intelligence received from international partners on the container since May 2021.
The container was also found to include 4,020.03kg of analgesic tablets and 47 cartons of insulated hot pots used to conceal the illicit drugs, all imported from India.
Equally, on Friday 10th September, a consignment of Colorado weighing 17.5kg and hidden inside a Grand Caravan Dodge vehicle shipped in a 40ft container from Montreal, Canada, was also intercepted and seized at the Tincan port.