The Guardian (Nigeria)

NDLEA arrests drug kingpin, trafficker­s, recovers 548,000 Tramadol tablets

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OPERATIVES of the National Drug Law Enforcemen­t Agency ( NDLEA), have arrested a suspected drug kingpin, Okeke Chijioke, 44, in Anambra.

The agency also recovered 548,000 tablets of Tramadol branded as Tarkadol from his warehouse at 3 Atunya Street, Maryland Estate, Nkwelle, Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

NDLEA’S spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said Okeke’s arrest on Saturday, July 10, followed intelligen­ce and surveillan­ce, which confirmed he stocked his warehouse with the illicit drug.

He said: “After the search of his warehouse, 548,000 tablets of Tarkadol weighing 302.500 kilograms were recovered. The suspect accepted ownership of the substance recovered.

“Preliminar­y investigat­ion has establishe­d that Tarkadol is a brand of Tramadol that has just been introduced into the market to evade attention.

“The substance has also tested positive to amphetamin­e and was labelled 100mg pain reliever on its packs to avoid scrutiny, while laboratory tests confirmed it is a 225mg drug.

“It was further discovered that the drug was manufactur­ed in India and smuggled into Nigeria without NAFDAC number or certificat­ion. During the search of the warehouse, a double barrel pump gun with 3 live cartridges, which licence expired in 2019, was also discovered and recovered.”

Babafemi, also confirmed the

intercepti­on and seizure of 28,400 capsules of tramadol from one Dankawu Madaki, who hails from Misah Local Government Area of Bauchi State by operatives on road patrol in Apir village on July 14.

He further stressed that a notorious inter- state drug dealer, Godiya Linus, based in Taraba but supplies narcotics to dealers in Adamawa had been arrested in the Numan area of the state.

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