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Cocaine, meth, akuskura, other hard drugs intercepted in multiple drug busts by NDLEA

The NDLEA said it intercepted the contraband substances during its operations around the country in the outcome week.

• November 20, 2022
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On Sunday, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) reported that it seized methamphetamine, cocaine and tramadol, among other contraband substances during its operations around the country in the outcome week.

Spokesman for the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi, said the cocaine and meth drugs were discovered in items like play stations, bicycles, motor propellers and local fabrics packaged for export to Australia and Cyprus through some courier firms in Lagos.

He said two suspects, Gabriel Emeka and Vintura Grillo, had been arrested in a follow-up operation linked to one of the seizures.

Also, in Niger, NDLEA operatives on a stop and search operation along Mokwa-Jebba road on Saturday, November 12, arrested two suspects, Ismail Musa and Jidda Abbas, with 10,780 bottles of a new psychoactive substance, popularly called Akuskura.

Mr Babafemi said the bottles of the substance were concealed inside two Toyota Camry saloon cars marked AGL 861 GS Lagos and KMK 118 SC Bayelsa.

He said the consignment loaded in Ibadan, Oyo State, was going to Abuja for distribution.

Again, NDLEA operatives intercepted 25,000 capsules of Tramadol in Plateau and arrested the owner, Ifeanyi Nweanwe, a beer parlour operator, in a follow-up operation in Bauchi.

Mr Babafemi said pharmaceutical opioids worth more than N30 million were intercepted in a commercial bus in Asaba, Delta, on Thursday, November 18.

In Ondo State, operatives stormed the Ijare Forest in Ifedore LGA on Friday, November 18, where 600.5kgs of cannabis weed and seeds were recovered.

Mr Babafemi said 142.8kgs of the same substance were seized when NDLEA officers raided the zone 3 motor park in the Wuse area of Abuja.

Meanwhile, operatives on routine patrol along Owerri-Onitsha road arrested a suspect, Nwankwo Emmanuel, with 25 blocks of cannabis Sativa weighing 12.5kgs in a commercial bus going to Port Harcourt from Lagos.


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