NDLEA Seizes 100,000 Codeine Syrup Bottles At Onne Port

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has intercepted 100,000 bottles of Codeine syrup with a total weight of 15,325kilograms at the Onne seaport, at the Port-Harcourt International Airport.

This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman for NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi.

The illicit substance, cough syrup with codeine (100mg), packed in 500 cartons and concealed in a container marked MRKU 1565305, bearing imported food masks made in India, was discovered in a warehouse at the Onne port complex during a joint examination with officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, State Security Service, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, among others.

In a related development, NDLEA at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, NAIA, seized nine cartons of consignment weighing 146.95kilograms at the cargo wing of the airport.

According to the statement, the seizure followed an intelligence received by NDLEA, as a result of which the container was put on hold and moved to the Customs Government warehouse within the port complex.

It noted that no importer or agent has come forward in respect of the container but efforts are ongoing to track the owner for further investigation and prosecution.

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, NAIA, have seized nine cartons of consignment weighing 146.95kilograms at the cargo wing of the airport.

After initial examination and suspicion, a clearing agent was asked to report with the consignee before the release but failed to do so for fear of arrest, a development that led to a laboratory test on the consignment, which tested positive to Khat and the eventual seizure.

RN

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