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NDLEA Intercepts 2.4m Tramadol Pills from Pakistan

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has foiled attempts by a drug cartel to smuggle 2.4 million tablets of tramadol in 225mg and 250mg.

The NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

He said the drugs, intercepted at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, weighed 2,356 kgs with an estimated street value of N1.04 billion.

They were seized on Friday, barely a week after about 13.5 million pills of the same opioid, worth more than N8.8 billion were recovered from the home of a billionaire drug in Lagos.

Mr. Babafemi said the NDLEA followed credible intelligence in its interception of the latest consignment of 52 cartons of tramadol that came into Nigeria from Karachi, Pakistan.

“This is with six different airway bills via Ethiopian Airline flight, comprising seven cartons of 250mg of a brand called Tamral and 45 cartons of 225mg, branded as Tramaking.

“Soon after it arrived at the Lagos airport, the NDLEA called for a joint examination of the consignment with other stakeholders, and its information was confirmed by all.

“Then, the 52 cartons of the seized substance, which are above the recommended threshold for medical use and banned in the country, were moved to the agency’s facility,” he said.


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