By Adedapo Adesanya
The National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has foiled attempts by suspected drug traffickers to export packages of methamphetamine commonly known as Mkpuru Mmiri concealed locally in cornflake packs and body cream containers to Malaysia and Australia at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, and a courier company. in Lagos.
The drug control authority said two cargo agents; Mr. Nneji Anoma and Mr. Etoh Barnabas were involved in the tender to export nine parcels of methamphetamine weighing 1.45kg hidden in packets of cornflakes to Malaysia via MMIA’s NAHCO export shed on Wednesday 15 June 2022, were arrested.
Another consignment of 10 cartons of Tramadol 225mg packaged as Tramaking containing 500,000 tablets with a total weight of 407kg and an estimated market value of N200 million was seized during a joint examination with the customs at the NCS warehouse.
The consignment, which had been arriving in SAHCO’s import hangar since June 6, from India via Ethiopian Airline, was finally transferred to NDLEA by customs on Wednesday, June 15.
The previous day, Tuesday, June 14, a similar joint examination with Customs at its control terminal, Tincan Seaport, Lagos, led to the seizure of 33 packages of Cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 16.5 kg. The drugs on display were recovered in a 40ft container, TRHU 7874497 containing four vehicles. Cannabis from Montreal, Canada was found in three of the four vehicles in the container.
In the same vein, agents from the Operations and General Investigations Directorate, DOGI, of the agency attached to a courier company intercepted one kilogram of methamphetamine concealed in containers of body cream in the direction of Australia.
Meanwhile, drug cartels have also suffered losses in other operations in Adamawa, Borno, Kogi, Ogun, Zamfara and Taraba states. A suspected drug trafficker, Mr. Abdullahi Musa, alias Yerima Uding, wanted in connection with some past attacks on agency officers and men, was arrested in the early hours of Thursday June 16 in the city of Hong, Utah. Adamawa State.
The 53-year-old suspect was caught with 57 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa, concealed in the trunk of his ash-colored Toyota Corolla car with reg. nope. GMB 185 MF. He was identified as the mastermind of the mob attack in Hong on October 6, 2020, which resulted in the death of an NDLEA officer and another officer who is now bedridden due to permanent incapacitation.
In Borno State, another drug trafficker, Umar Musa, was arrested in Tashan Kano, Gwoza LGA on Thursday, June 17 with 8,000 capsules and tablets of Tramadol weighing 4,550 kgs, while 32,182 kgs of cannabis were seized by NDLEA officers along the Okene/Abuja highway, Kogi state of a commercial bus traveling from Lagos to Abuja.
NDLEA Spokesperson, Mr. Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, explained that following credible intelligence, officers also arrested a 22-year-old Nwanbunike Chibuike with 19,576 tablets of Exol-5 , Diazepam, Tramadol and Rohypnol as well as 7.9 liters of codeine to Ogere. , Ikenne LGA, Ogun State on Wednesday 15th June.
In Zamfara, a shipment of 11,660 Hypoxox tablets and 6,000 pentazocine injection ampoules were collected from a drug trafficker, Success Amaefuna in the Tsafe area of the state en route to the state from Sokoto, while 5,000 Tramadol tablets were seized from Mr. Darius John F Mbugun, 33, who ordered the shipment to Onitsha, Anambra State. The drug exhibit was concealed in a bag of gari intended for distribution in Gembu, Sardauna LGA, Taraba State.