NDLEA arrests Indian businessman for ‘trafficking 134,700 bottles of codeine’

The National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested Vyapak Nutal, an Indian businessman, for allegedly smuggling 134,700 bottles of codeine syrup into the country.

In a statement on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said the suspect allegedly loaded trucks with syrup in the Republic of Benin.

He would have entered by the border of the Republic of Niger and would have arrived Sokoto in Nigeria.

“Housed in a hotel in Sokoto State, credible intelligence indicates that Nutal has begun seeking buyers for the controlled drug,” the statement said.

“While officers were on his trail, agents from the Department of State Services were able to apprehend and promptly turn him over to the NDLEA on Wednesday, February 10, 2022.”

The spokesperson also said the agency had halted the trafficking of large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, khat, tramadol and cannabis through Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.

“At Lagos airport, officers arrested a certain Felix Rotimi Eshemokhai on Tuesday, February 8, with 1.75 kg of heroin as he attempted to board Royal Air Maroc bound for Casablanca, Morocco, while that another trafficker, Okafor Emmanuel Onuzuruike, was also arrested the same day during his offer. to travel on RwandAir to Dubai with 2.2 kg of cannabis concealed in foodstuffs,” Babafemi said.

“No less than 25 kilograms of methamphetamine, tramadol, cannabis and khat concealed in engine parts, MP3 player, loudspeaker and fabrics destined for the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Dubai and Madagascar were seized from three major courier companies in Lagos.

“In Gombe State, 31,000 capsules of Tramadol were recovered from a truck that left Onitsha, Anambra State, for Mubi, Adamawa State and the owner, Ibrahim Tukur Bage, arrested on Friday February 11, as he tried to escape.

“This follows the arrest of 43-year-old Aliu Salami with 143.9 kg of cannabis at Oke-Ata, Abeokuta South LGA, Ogun State on Wednesday, February 9.”

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