NDLEA seizes smuggled opioid capsules in Lagos port – Channels Television
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officers intercepted three million capsules of opioids at the Jaelith Bonded Container Terminal under Tincan Seaport in the Apapa area of Lagos.
Opioids are said to be more dangerous and potent than tramadol
The seizure came a day after 8.6 kilograms of cannabis were seized in another operation in the city.
The market value of the drug could not immediately be determined.
The illicit drugs were intercepted at the port during a March 7 inspection, agency spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement.
“The seizure of 3,000,000 capsules of Tapentadol and Carisoprodol…follows a similar operation in which agency anti-narcotics officers also intercepted 8,613 kilograms of cannabis smuggled from Ghana “, did he declare.
He said the shipment of capsules is believed to have originated in China and was falsely labeled as containing 271 packages of insulating fittings and industrial office printing machines.
But investigations revealed that the information on the bill of lading and shipping documents were false and that the shipment originated from India.
He said some suspects had been arrested for the illegal shipments.
A senior Nigerian police officer, Abba Kyari, is currently charged with drug trafficking and his alleged links to an international drug cartel.
President/CEO of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retired) commended the officers and men of Tincan Port and the agency command in Lagos for their vigilance and commitment to the mission of ridding Nigeria of illicit drugs.
He also applauded the current synergy and working relationship between the agency and other law enforcement agencies in the country.