The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested a second Tramadol cartel that was active in Lagos State over the weekend.
The agency apprehended two of the kingpins and seized millions of opioid tablets and bottles valued over N5 billion from a warehouse in Amuwo Odofin.
Operatives tracked down and found the pharmacy drug business at 17 Sir Ben Onyeka Street, which is off Ago Palace Way. Aloysius Okeke, the owner, was detained.
The drugs found include 915,000 capsules of pregabalin 300mg, 3,264,630 tramadol pills, and 3,490 bottles of codeine.
The arrest of a suspect who distributes for the cartel, Olarenwaju Lawal Wahab, preceded the bust. 14,690 bottles of codeine-based syrup, 402, 500 Tramadol 250 mg pills, 50,000 Tramadol 225 mg tablets, and 210,000 pregabalin 300 mg capsules were found in his delivery van.
However, on January 10, agents stopped a consignment of Loud, a potent variety of cannabis, that was being imported and weighing 4,878 kilograms along Awolowo Road in Ikoyi.
After a close call with fictitious security guards escorting the drugs, according to NDLEA Head of Media Femi Babafemi, agents recovered the shipment being transported in a white truck with the license plate BDG 548 XX.
Following the interception, authorities in the Idumota area arrested Charles Okeke, a dealer, and seized 121,630 pills of prescription opioids and a small amount of Molly.
However, on Saturday, the NDLEA discovered and dismantled a covert laboratory in a rural area of Sagamu, Ogun State.
Skechers, an extremely potent psychoactive chemical generated with a combination of Cannabis sativa, Tramadol, Rohypnol, Exol-5, and industrial codeine, were created in the lab.
The deadly new psychoactive substance’s production tools and varying quantities of illegal narcotics were retrieved.