The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has recovered 548,000 tramadol tablets branded as “Tarkadol” at Nkwelle, Oyi Native Authorities Space, Anambra State.
The company’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, stated this in a press release made accessible to Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr Babafemi stated the medication have been seized on the warehouse of a serious drug kingpin, Okeke Chijioke, of No. 3, Atunya avenue, Maryland Property, Nkwelle.
He stated Mr Okeke’s arrest on July 10 adopted credible intelligence and surveillance, which confirmed he stocked his warehouse with the illicit drug.
Based on him, after the search of his warehouse, 548,000 tablets of Tarkadol weighing 302.500 kilograms have been recovered.
“The suspect accepted possession of the substance recovered. Preliminary investigation has established that Tarkadol is a model of Tramadol that has simply been launched into the market to evade consideration.
“The substance has additionally examined optimistic to amphetamine. The drug was equally labeled 100mg ache reliever on its packs to keep away from scrutiny, whereas laboratory exams confirmed it’s a 225mg drug.
“It was additional found that the drug was manufactured in India and smuggled into Nigeria with out NAFDAC quantity or certification.
“Throughout the search on the warehouse, a double barrel pump gun with three stay cartridges, which licence expired since 2019, was additionally found and recovered, ” he stated.
Mr Babafemi stated this was at the same time as operatives of the Benue State command of the company on street patrol in Apir village on 14th July intercepted and seized 28,400 capsules of tramadol from one Dankawu Madaki, who hails from Misah LGA, Bauchi State.
In a associated improvement, a infamous interstate drug vendor, Godiya Linus, based mostly in Taraba, who provided narcotics to sellers in Adamawa, had been arrested in Numan space of the state.
Mr Babafemi stated Mr Godiya, an ex-convict, was in jail between 2012 and 2018 following his conviction on drug associated prices.
He stated a drug vendor, Mohammed Ali, had earlier been arrested on July 10 with 1.150kg of diazepam in Numan.
“A observe up operation led to the arrest of Godiya who provided Ali, whereas investigation has since revealed that he’s based mostly in Mayolope village in Lau native authorities space of Taraba.
“This was the place he suppliedJambutu park in Yola and different elements of Numan, utilizing an unregistered boxer motorbike for distribution.
“Few days after Godiya’s arrest, one other vendor, Emmanuel Ishiwu was nabbed with completely different portions of tramadol, exol-5 and diazepam, totalling 6.103kg additionally in Numan on 14th July.
“This additionally was adopted by the arrest of Muhammadu Garba and Shaibu Haruna with 48.500kg of hashish in Gurin space of the state on Friday, sixteenth July 2021, ” he stated.
Mr Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA , Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and males of the Anambra, Benue and Adamawa state Instructions.
Mr Marwa, a retired brigadier common, applauded them for sustaining the offensive within the ongoing efforts to mop up illicit medication from each neighborhood in all elements of Nigeria, charging them to stay unrelenting within the discharge of their duties.
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