Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted a large consignment of Canadian Loud, an imported strong synthetic strain of cannabis, packaged in 324 bags with a gross weight of 111.2 kilograms.
The illicit drug consignment was intercepted in the Onikan area of the Island of Lagos State, while being conveyed for distribution in an unregistered Grand Caravan vehicle, by a 42-year-old suspect, Taofeek Yusuf.
The spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, revealed the development in a statement on Sunday.
Babafemi said, “The arrest of Taofeek and seizure of the imported consignment late in the night on Friday, January 12, 2024, following credible intelligence came on the heels of the arrest of another drug trafficking suspect, Godwin ThankGod, the previous day, Thursday, January 11, by the NDLEA officers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
“The Milan, Italy-bound Godwin was intercepted while attempting to board a Royal Air Maroc flight with quantities of codeine-based syrup and Rohypnol concealed in his luggage.
“The suspect who is a regular flyer was arrested during a search of his luggage at the Departure Gate of Terminal 2 of the airport. The search for the discovery of five cartons consisting of 50 bottles of codeine syrup and 300 tablets of Rohypnol.”
He also noted that NDLEA operatives at the SAHCO import shed of the airport on Friday, January 12, recovered 30,000 packs of tramadol 225mg consisting of 300,000 pills.
He added that the consignment, which came from Karachi, Pakistan on KLM Royal Dutch Airline, with airway bill number 074-62674964, was taken into custody following a joint examination with other security agencies at the airport.
Meanwhile, various quantities of tramadol and cannabis sativa concealed in soles of sports canvas shoes going to Oman as well as another consignment of tramadol and Rohypnol hidden in spices heading to the United Kingdom were intercepted at two courier firms in Lagos by NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation on Tuesday, January 9.
Operatives in Oyo state on Thursday, January 11, raided a clandestine skuchies factory operated by Oyadeji Dimeji, 28, in the Moniya area of Ibadan.
76.6kg of cannabis sativa, 134 grams of tramadol, 93 grams of rophynol and 50 litres of already produced skuchies, a liquid mixture containing various types of psychoactive substances, were recovered.
Babafemi added, “In Ondo state, four suspects: David Iyoragie, 34; Adams Idowu, 28; Ibrahim Abdullahi, 54; and Ayomide Ayuba, 20, were arrested at De – Rock View Hotel, Gadson Junction off Ado-Ekiti Road, Igoba, Akure North LGA on Friday 12th January with 524.5kg cannabis.
“Another suspect, Aniekeme Eyibio, 26, was also nabbed at Ala forest, Akure North LGA where 293.5kg of the same psychoactive substance and a dane gun were recovered from him.”
67-year-old Franklin Eze was arrested at Otuo, Owan East LGA, Edo state on Thursday, January 11, with 454 blocks of cannabis weighing 311kg loaded in his Lexus salon car marked EBM 812 AA.
Abdullahi Shuaibu, 43, was nabbed by NDLEA operatives on Tuesday, January 9, at Ayangba, Dekina LGA Kogi state with 43 blocks of compressed cannabis, weighing 22kg and three pinches of methamphetamine.
In Katsina state, a suspect, Danladi Adamu aged 24 was nabbed on Wednesday, January 10, with 25.5kg of cannabis sativa during a buy-and-bust operation at Kurmi Primary School in Malumfashi metropolis.
Operatives in Gombe arrested Sulaiman Mohammed at Lapandimtai, Kaltungo, with 47 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 30kg concealed in two sacks of groundnut.