NDLEA Intercepts 809,850 Euros, Tramadol Consignments from Pakistan, Austria, Italy at Lagos Airport

NDLEA Intercepts 809,850 Euros, Tramadol Consignments from Pakistan, Austria, Italy at Lagos Airport

By Abdulrahman Abdulraheem

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced the seizure of about 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg and 809,850 Euros cash which came in from Pakistan, Austria and Italy through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

NDLEA operatives also, at the weekend, blocked various quantities of Heroin and other illicit drugs from being exported to the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

At the Skyway Aviation Handling Company cargo warehouse at the airport, anti-narcotic officers also seized 649,300 capsules of Tramadol 225mg weighing 460.95kg imported from Pakistan via Addis Ababa through Ethiopian Airline on Wednesday 16th Feb.

According to a statement issued by NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, a suspect, Nwadu Ekene Christian, was arrested in connection with the seizure.

“On the same day, a female passenger, Ms. Ayeki Happy who arrived the airport from Italy on Turkish Airline flight was arrested with 69,850 Euros cash concealed in her luggage. This was four days after another lady, Precious Idahagbon was arrested with 740,000 Euros cash hidden in her luggage and undeclared upon her arrival at the airport from Vienna, Austria via Istanbul, Turkey. Both cash seizures are currently under investigation to establish if they are proceeds of drug business.

“At the NAHCO export shed of the airport, operatives seized a consignment of 131 parcels of Cannabis concealed in packages of black soap (Dudu-Osun), during outward clearance of cargo going to the UK.

“This is as another consignment presented for export to Dubai, UAE at SAHCO shed was also recovered after 30 parcels of cannabis hidden in cartons of cornflakes were discovered in it,” the statement read in part.

The NDLEA also announced that about 6.5kg of Heroin, Khat and Oxycodone packaged for export to USA, and Canada were seized at a major courier company in Lagos by operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigations, (DOGI).

The drugs were concealed in shoes, and carton walls.

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