Major Drug Seizures in Nigeria: Cannabis and Codeine Worth N2.1 Billion Intercepted

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has made significant strides in combating drug trafficking, intercepting large consignments of codeine-based syrup and synthetic cannabis known as ‘Loud’. These seizures, with a combined street value exceeding N2.1 billion, highlight the agency’s commitment to safeguarding public health and security.

At the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, NDLEA officers collaborated with other security agencies to uncover a substantial consignment of ‘Loud’. The eight suitcases contained a total of 320 parcels, weighing 164.5 kilograms. The estimated value of this potent psychoactive substance was an astonishing N960 million. The suspect, Ughenu Nnaife, claimed to be a resident of Germany but had traveled from Toronto, Canada, with the drug. His admission during the interview revealed that he was a recruited mule, promised an agreed fee of N6 million for smuggling the substance into Nigeria.

In another operation, NDLEA operatives intercepted a container marked TEMU 6807401 at the Port Harcourt Ports Complex. Imported from India and en route to the C to C bonded terminal in Enugu, the container held 1,750 cartons of codeine, weighing a total of 26,250 kilograms. These cartons contained 175,000 bottles of the opioid, with a street value exceeding N1.2 billion. The interception underscores the agency’s determination to curb the illicit drug trade in Nigeria.

  • In Abuja, Blessing Thomas, a 25-year-old lady, was apprehended with 1 kilogram of methamphetamine while traveling from Lagos to Yola, Adamawa state.
  • In Nasarawa state, Muhammadu Ibrahim, a 70-year-old grandfather, was caught with 57.2 kilograms of cannabis in Lafia, the state capital.
  • In Ekiti State, NDLEA officers raided Ara forest in Ara-Ekiti, recovering 426 kilograms of processed cannabis sativa and destroying over 4,000 kilograms of the same substance on a farmland.
  • In Katsina state, a Nigerien named Suleman Audu was arrested with 76 blocks of cannabis weighing 42 kilograms along the Zaria-Malumfashi road.
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The NDLEA’s relentless efforts demonstrate their commitment to curbing drug trafficking and abuse in Nigeria. These recent operations serve as a stern warning to those involved in the illegal drug trade, emphasizing that the fight against drug-related crimes remains a top priority.

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