NDLEA foils meth smuggling to Malaysia, Australia

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Michael Olugbode in Abuja

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials have thwarted attempts by drug traffickers to smuggle packages of methamphetamine hidden in cereal boxes and body cream jars into Malaysia and Australia.

A statement by anti-narcotics agency spokesman Femi Babafemi on Sunday said: “Attempts by drug traffickers to export packages of methamphetamine, popularly known as Mkpuru Mmiri, hidden in cereal packets and body cream jars locally to Malaysia and Exporting to Australia was thwarted by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, and a courier company in Lagos.”

He announced that two shippers – Nneji Anoma and Etoh Barnabas – involved in the bid to export nine packages of methamphetamine weighing 1.45 kilograms in packets of corn flakes to Malaysia by the MMIA’s NAHCO export shed last Wednesday were arrested.

He added that another shipment of 10 boxes of tramadol, 225 milligrams, packaged as Tramaking containing 500,000 tablets totaling 407 kilograms and an estimated street value of N200 million was seized at the NCS warehouse during a joint investigation with customs .

He announced that the shipment, which had arrived at SAHCO Import Shed from India via Ethiopian Airline since June 6, was finally handed over by customs to the NDLEA last Wednesday, adding that the previous day a similar joint investigation was held with carried out by customs at the customs enforcement terminal. Tincan Seaport, Lagos, led to the seizure of 33 packages of Cannabis Indica (Colorado) weighing 16.5 kilograms.

He said the drug exhibit was recovered from a 40-foot container TRHU 7874497 that contained four vehicles. Originating from Montreal, Canada, the cannabis was discovered in three of the four vehicles in the container.

Babafemi also revealed that staff from the agency’s Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI), which is part of a courier company, intercepted a kilogram of methamphetamine hidden in body cream containers en route to Australia.

He said drug cartels have also suffered casualties in other operations in Adamawa, Borno, Kogi, Ogun, Zamfara and Taraba states, adding that a notorious drug dealer, Abdullahi Musa, aka Yerima Uding, has been arrested over previous attacks on officials and men in the Agency wanted was arrested in the early hours of last Thursday in the city of Hong, Adamawa state.

According to him, the 53-year-old suspect was caught with 57 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa hidden in the trunk of his ash-colored Toyota Corolla car, registration number GMB 185 MF.
He is said to have been identified as the mastermind behind the October 6, 2020 Hong Kong mob attack that resulted in the deaths of an NDLEA agent and another officer, who is now bedridden due to permanent disability.

In Borno state, another drug dealer, Umar Musa, was arrested last Thursday in Tashan Kano, Gwoza Local Government Area, with 8,000 capsules and tablets of tramadol weighing 4.55 kilograms while 32.182 kilograms of cannabis were smuggled by NDLEA agents along the highway Okene/Abuja, Kogi State from a commercial bus running from Lagos to Abuja.

Babafemi said according to credible information, agents also arrested a Nwanbunike Chibuike, 22, with 19,576 tablets of Exol-5, diazepam, tramadol and Rohypnol and 7.9 liters of codeine in Ogere, Ikenne Local Government Area of ​​Ogun State last Wednesday.

In Zamfara state, a shipment containing 11,660 Hyponox tablets and 6,000 vials of pentazocine injection was seized by a drug dealer, Success Amaefuna, in the Tsafe area of ​​the state en route to Sokoto state, while 5,000 tablets of Tramadol were seized from Darius Mbugun , 33, of ordered delivery from Onitsha, Anambra State.

The drug exhibit was hidden in a bag of gari for distribution in Gembu, Sardauna LGA, Taraba State.

Meanwhile, the Chairman/CEO of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) has the officers and men of the MMIA, DOGI, Tincan, Adamawa, Borno, Kogi, Ogun, Zamfara and Taraba -Commands of the agency for last week’s seizures and arrests and encouraged them and their compatriots in other formations to remain vigilant and intensify their offensive actions against the drug cartels in all parts of the country.

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