Official Everlast Blog: NDLEA uncovers 12 containers with N340 million worth of Tramadol tablets inside

Friday, 16 November 2018

NDLEA uncovers 12 containers with N340 million worth of Tramadol tablets inside


Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, uncovered N340 million worth of Tramadol tablets hidden in 12 containers at the Apapa port in Lagos State.


In a statement released by the Head of Public Affairs, Jonah Achema, the agency said 12 containers were recovered from the Apapa port during its search which contained the banned drugs in various dosages ranging from 120 milligrams to 250 milligram. 

The Federal government banned Tramadol and Codeine in May due to the gross abuse of the drugs by women and youths.
 
Achema said the containers were on the watch-list of NDLEA since November, 2017 and were brought to Nigeria Customs Service for search based on the agency’s reasonable suspicion of the containers.

He stated that the NCS on Wednesday, dropped 28 of 62 containers slated for search, among which 12 of them have been found to contain tramadol.

“The search is still ongoing. Tramadol is a pharmaceutical drug which has been subject of abuse by the populace. In one single operation in November last year, the agency intercepted 160 million tablets of tramadol at the Apapa port which ranged from 220 to 250 milligrams. They were imported from India using false documents in the name of an unregistered company,” Achema said.

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