By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted 1.7 million tramadol pills at Greenfield Estate, Amuwo Odofin, in Lagos.
The NDLEA spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated on Sunday in Abuja that the consignment was traced to a warehouse in the estate on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
“When the store was opened, a total of 1,645,560 pills of Tramadol in 100mg, 200mg and 225mg were recovered.
“Another 60,000 pills of 250mg Tramadol were recovered from a wanted drug dealer, Diugwu Alphonsus, in Bariga area of Lagos State on the same day.
“Raids carried out at Akala area in Mushin on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Jan. 20, led to the recovery of 781.7 kilograms of Indian hemp,’’ Babafemi stated.
In another development, NDLEA took a visually impaired 67-year-old grandpa, Mr Aliyu Adebiyi, of Sokoto village, Owena Ijesa, in Atakumosa East Local Government Area of Osun into custody on Jan. 20.
Operatives found 234 kilograms of Indian hemp in his house.
“In his statement, he said a drug dealer kept the consignment with him for a fee of N6,000 per month and paid for three months upfront.
“Similarly, a leper, notorious for drug dealing, Haruna Abdullahi, 45, was arrested at Garko town in Kano State on Jan. 19.
“NDLEA recovered 2.2 kilograms of Indian hemp and various quantities of Diazepam and Exol from him,’’ the NDLEA spokesman also said.
Babafemi added that no less than 370 kilograms of Indian hemp were recovered from one sawmill at Ilale in Owo, Ondo State, when operatives stormed the industrial plant, following credible intelligence.
In Edo, 261 kilograms of illicit substances were seized from a suspect, Uche Monday, at Uneme-Osu, Ososo Road in Akoko Edo area of the state.
From a bush at Okpela fertiliser community in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo, the NDLEA also evacuated 74 kilograms of Indian hemp.
Babafemi stated also that NDLEA operatives raided Lugbe area of the FCT on Jan. 16, following credible intelligence that a dealer was operating in a “batcher” on the outskirt of the town.
He added that a search of the “batcher” led to the seizure of 42.9 kilograms of Indian hemp, 15 grams of cocaine and 137grams of Methamphetamine.
The search also led to the seizure of N2,148,500, which was believed to be proceeds of the criminal trade.