NDLEA arrests 70-year-old, seizes N2.1bn codeine in Nasarawa

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) apprehended a 70-year-old man in Nasarawa State with 57.2kg of cannabis.

Additionally, significant seizures were made at the Port Harcourt seaports and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, including over N2.1 billion worth of codeine-based syrup and Loud, a synthetic cannabis strain.

Also arrested by the anti-drug operatives were two suspects with 426kg of cannabis in Ekiti State.

The developments were made known on Sunday in a statement signed by the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

The anti-narcotics agency also made other arrests in the FCT, Katsina, and Nasarawa states.

The statement read, “Large consignments of codeine-based syrup and Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis worth over N2.1bn in street value have been intercepted at the Port Harcourt seaports, Onne and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

“At the Lagos airport, the NDLEA officers with the cooperation of other security agencies on Friday, May 31, 2024, intercepted a large consignment of Loud, packed in eight suitcases, containing 320 parcels with a total weight of 164.50kg of the strong psychoactive substance coming from Canada on a KLM flight via Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“The consignment estimated to be worth N960m which was brought in by a passenger, Ughenu Nnaife Francis, was discovered at the E-arrival hall of the airport by personnel of the NDLEA, customs and others during a joint search operation by the security operatives while the suspect was attempting to smuggle the suitcases out of the hall.”

According to the statement, the suspect arrested at the Lagos airport claimed he was recruited to transport drugs from Canada to Nigeria for a fee of N6m.

The suspect said he was a resident of Germany but travelled to Toronto to collect the drugs and was caught with a large consignment of Loud, a synthetic cannabis strain, worth N960m.

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