NDLEA Intercepts Drugs Weighing 3,078.56kgs At Apapa Port

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THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA) has intercepted a shipment of Tramadol, weighing 3,078.56kgs, disguised with condoms and other licit drugs at the Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos. 

Two importers, who claimed to be pharmacists, are also being investigated in connection with the unlawful importation. 

Tramadol is a prescription drug belonging to the class of opioid.
According to NDLEA, the drug was detected during the physical examination at the port by the NDLEA and officials of other agencies, adding that abuse of Tramadol among youths has been reported across the country. 

The agency’s Director of Operations and General Investigations, Mr. Olugbenga Mabo, stated that prosecuting the suspects would address lack of respect for due process by professionals. 

He said: “We have observed an infringement of the law, with adverse consequences on the nation. The drugs were imported without permit by the relevant authorities.
“Prosecuting the suspects will serve as a warning to others. The case has been assigned to the Joint Task Force (JTF) of the agency for investigation.”

NDLEA Commander at the Tin Can Port, Nse Jack Inam, said the shipment originated from India.
NDLEA explained that preliminary investigation carried out by its JTF revealed that the pharmaceutical companies did not obtain import permit for the said drugs, which is contrary to section 11 subsection (a) of the NDLEA Act. 

It was also gathered that the drugs might have been imported for illicit distribution, as they were disguised with cartons of condoms and other licit pharmaceutical products. 

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