NDLEA intercepts 1.8m narcotic pills hidden in noodles

NDLEA intercepts 1.8m narcotic pills hidden in noodles

By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.

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


Its spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi, 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 noodles packs.


He added that more than 600,000 pills of 225mg. 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, Dec. 12 and Tuesday, Dec. 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, Dec. 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.


“The drugs were intercepted on Thursday, Dec. 15 at a by-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 said that the consignment was seized at the Lagos airport on Nov. 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.

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