Customs, NDLEA Confiscate Barcadine Codeine, Other Drugs In Lagos

Hyacinth Chinweuba

The Tincan Island Ports Command of the Nigeria Customs Service in conjunction with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, intercepted large quantity of pharmaceutical preparations suspected to be hard drugs in a 1×40 ft container with no Mscu 1751320 during routine examination.

This was disclosed in a press statement by the Spokesperson of the command Superintendent of Customs, Uche Ejesieme.

SC Ejesieme stated that relying on the well established collaboration and synergy which is at the base of our standard operating procedure, the national Drug  law enforcement agency, acting on intelligence which has been on their radar, notified the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Abdullah Musa of their strong suspicion that the said container was laden with concealed hard drugs.

Following the development, the customs Area controller directed that the container be transferred to tbe Enforcement unit of the  command on the 6th of September 2021 where a 100% physical examination was carried and which revealed the following:

1,506 cartons of BARCADINE CODEINE (100 bottles per carton of 100ml) each.

(2) 189 CARTONS OF 100 PCS PER CARTON OF REALLY EXTRA (PAIN AND FEVER TABLETS)

(3)47 cartons of 6 packs of 3pcs each.

“Sequel to this, the said container was impounded and will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in line with section 169 of tbe customs and excise management Act cap c45 laws of the federal Republic 2004 as amended”

According to Ejesieme “It is instructive to reiterate that the renewed and strengthened partnership with sister Agencies in the port, has continually yielded expected results and the command will leverage on that to decimate the activities of these criminal gangs and their supply chain”

“It is also pertinent to note that young Nigerians are addicted to CODEINE SYRUP-a medicine that’s become a street drug, excessive consumption of which can cause PSYCHOSIS AND ORGAN FAILURE.

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