Thursday, 22 June 2017

NDLEA seized 15,064.62kg of cocaine, heroin worth N225 trillion at Lagos State ports since 2006




NDLEA seized 15,064.62kg of cocaine, heroin worth N225 trillion at Lagos State ports since 2006

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah said that the Agency has seized on top of 15,064kg of cocaine and heroin at the Tin Can and Apapa ports by now 2006 taking into consideration an estimated value of 225 trillion naira.
Abdallah said that drug barons are targeting the ports for their illicit drug activities but the Agency will resist their scheming. The drugs be stuffy to 14,813.40kg of cocaine and 251.22kg of heroin.

"The seaports are high risk drug trafficking locations because of the movement of large volume of consignments. Official record of drug seizures at the ports underscores the volatility of the ports in drug trafficking. Since 2006, the Agency has seized over 15,064kg of cocaine and heroin at the Lagos ports. The country cannot afford to condone this criminal trade because such huge proceeds in the hands of drugs cartels is threatening. We shall continue to screen incoming and outgoing vessels thereby making the ports impregnable to drug trafficking organisations".

Abdallah added that the presence of the NDLEA at the ports is of vast economic and security lead to the country and that the Agency will retain nimbleness and heighten any feint targeted at disrupting her operations at the seaports. The Agency has the cheers of the Federal Government to ham it going on at the ports and this onerous answerability shall be diligently and effectively discharged. Abdallah reiterated that the NDLEA will have the funds for a deferential response reasonably priced trial in preventing the seaports from inborn used for drug trafficking.
Some of the spectacular drug seizures made at the ports combined 14.2 metric tons of cocaine imported from Chile and intercepted in June 2006 at the Tin Can Island Port Lagos. The drug which was concealed in a shipment of white cement was rated the single largest kidnap of cocaine in Africa and fifth largest in the world. There is moreover the much-admired suit of 450.400kg of cocaine hidden in processed wood. The drug imported from Chile by a Taiwanese and a Chinese drug baron was intercepted at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos in July 2010.
In totaling, 137.73kg of heroin was intercepted at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos in November 2010. The heroin hidden in industrial equipment and sewing threads was imported from the Republic of Iran. Cocaine weighing 165kg packed in 150 square parcels inside 38 cartons of floor tiles imported from Bolivia was equally intercepted at the Tin Can Island Port Lagos in January 2011. A week difficult, 110kg of cocaine was detected inside twenty-five (25) packs of floor tiles containing 4 parcels each which originated from Bolivia moreover at Tin Can harbor.
In May 2012, 113.49kg of heroin industrially concealed in three moulding machines imported from Islamabad, Pakistan in a 20 feet container was intercepted at the Tin Can Island Port Lagos in May 2012. The shipment was monitored and intercepted by NDLEA officials at Okota place of Lagos even if it was swine taken to a private warehouse.
The NDLEA boss called in the region of harbor operators to collaborate and go without the Agency in ensuring zero tolerance for drug trafficking at the ports. 





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