NDLEA intercepts N2 billion worth of codeine at Lagos Port – Channels Television
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) seized approximately two billion naira of codeine weighing approximately 40,250 kilograms imported in two 40ft containers from India.
It comes just a week after agency officers seized 14,080kg of codeine syrup and 4,352.43kg of cold capsules used to conceal it from a 40ft container also imported from India, Wednesday, February 2, 2022.
A statement released Thursday by Media & Advocacy Director Femi Babafemi says the latest shipments intercepted on Tuesday February 8 were brought into the country in two containers marked HLBU 2239792 with 1,125 cartons of drugs and HLBU 1067338 with 1,751 cartons , with a market value of N2, 012, 500, 000 (Two Billion, Twelve Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira).
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Mr Babafemi said the shipments were seized at the Port Express Bonded Terminal, Berger-Apapa after they were discovered concealed behind cartons of hypergra 200mg and deluxe weatherstripping, after which the Agency’s sniffer dogs were brought in to identify the illegal substance.
Reacting to the latest seizure, NDLEA President/CEO Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (retired) said the Agency remains ready to deliver decisive blows to drug cartels this year by ensuring that no gram of illicit drugs is allowed to enter or cross the Nigeria to other countries.
While commending the officers and men of the Agency’s Apapa Port Special Area Command for their vigilance, he expressed his gratitude to foreign partners for sharing timely intelligence and to other port stakeholders for their cooperation.