THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized over 24,311kg of heroin, codeine and other hard drugs at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja and Tincan Seaport, Apapa, Lagos.
Spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Sunday that the first seizure was made on Friday, September 3, at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA. Two consignments containing 10.350kg of heroin and 25.2kg of cannabis from South Africa were intercepted at the shed, he said.
Babafemi also said between Saturday, September 4 and Monday, September 6, four suspects were arrested including Mrs. Bello Kafayat Ayo, in parts of Lagos.
At Tincan, narcotics officers intercepted a 40-foot container loaded with 22,590kg of Barcadin Codeine syrup on September 6 following intelligence received from international partners, he said.
He said the container also contained 4,020.03kg of analgesic tablets and 47 cartons of insulated hot pots used to conceal the illicit drugs, all imported from India.
According to the statement, on Friday 10th September, a consignment of Colorado weighing 17.5kg hidden inside a Grand Caravan Dodge vehicle shipped in a 40ft container from Montreal, Canada, was also intercepted at the Tincan port.
The statement also revealed that a 20-year-old graduate, Miss Bee Okoro, was arrested in Abuja for producing and selling drugged candies and cookies.
A 27-year-old dispatch rider, Idewo Raimi who handles door-to-door delivery for her was also arrested.
It reads, “The suspects who were arrested at Garki Area 11 on Friday 10th Sept, with a number of their drugged products and 400grams of Loud and Arizona, confessed they have been in the drug business for over a year.
“In Edo State, a total of 1,425.2kg of compressed blocks of cannabis sativa were seized in a raid on Aviosi outskirt, close to Uzebba, Owan west LGA, on Monday 6th September while on the same day one Yahaya Mamman was nabbed along Zaria-Danja road, Kaduna with 10.3kg
“NDLEA operatives in Kwara State on Tuesday 7th Sept, arrested a 36-year-old lady, Yusuf Sherifat, who recently completed a jail sentence following her conviction by a Federal High Court in Ilorin, for dealing in 22 grams of crack cocaine.
“Her latest arrest along Specialist Hospital Road, Alagbado, Ilorin, followed intelligence that she had resumed sale of crack cocaine in Ilorin metropolis.
“This time around, she devised another means of delivering drugs along the road to known customers who contact her via telephone calls,” Babafemi said.