NDLEA recovers 1.8m Narcotic pills hidden in noodles

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The National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has intercepted 1.8 million tramadol and other narcotic pills in Lagos and Gombe states.

Its spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi stated on Sunday in Abuja that some of the drugs seized at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja and parts of Gombe State were hidden in noodles packs.

He explained that more than 600,000 pills of 225 mg tramadol brought in from Karachi, Pakistan in two separate shipments on Ethiopian Airlines flights were also intercepted.

The drugs from Karachi were seized at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc., SAHCO import shed at the Lagos airport on Monday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 13.

Babafemi stated that 5,960 pills of Rohypnol concealed in 60 packs of noodles going to Johannesburg, were also seized at the SAHCO export shed of the airport on Wednesday, December 14.

“A female freight agent, Olaleye Adeola has already been arrested in connection with the noodles consignment.

“In Gombe State, 1,154,500 pills of tramadol, Rohypnol and Exol being transported from Onitsha in Anambra to Gombe by a truck driver, Umar Hassan, 28, were seized.

“The drugs were intercepted on Thursday, Dec. 15 at a bye pass area of Gombe,’’ he stated.