Operatives of the Murtala Muhammed Airport command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have reportedly intercepted many cartons of tramadol estimated at about 4000 kilogrammes.
Unveiling the seized tramadol to newsmen at the airport, NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Garba Ahmadu said the interception was made through intelligence information received from its foreign counterparts.
Garba who disclosed that for about one month, no cargo agent showed up to claim the consignments prompting the agency to take possession of the items, further told newsmen that it was learnt that the tramadol was imported into the country from India and intercepted at the cargo shed of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL).
The NDLEA boss disclosed that the psychotropic substance consists of capsules and tablets of 225 and 125 milligrams respectively far above the 50-100 milligrams of dosage approved by the government.
Few months ago, Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted four containers loaded with prohibited Tramadol pharmaceutical products with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N110 million.
The Customs Area Comptroller (CAC), Jibrin Musa, told journalists that the 40-foot containers were impounded between February 6 and February 7. Musa said that the prohibited pharmaceutical products were controlled and regulated from importation into the country.
“The container No; MRSU 3637149 contained 936 cartons of tramadol Hydrochoride tablet (225MG) and 56 cartons of Collstop Chlorpheniramine Maleate Capsules (4MG). Another container No; MRKU 6196764 contained 368 cartons of tramadol capsules BP (120MG), 192 cartons of tramadol capsules (250mg) and 160 cartons of Dobumol Anagestic. Third container No, MRSU 3516384 contained 554 cartons of tramadol capsules BP (120mg), and 176 cartons of Col-cap. The forth container No MRKU 6058282 containing 200 cartons of tramadol (225mg), 330 cartons of Ibramol, 198 cartons Col-Caps (4mg) and 453 cartons of Rally Extral (50mg). The container was imported by Villa Gold Pharmacy from India,“ Musa said.
He said that a suspect was apprehended along with the seizure and had been granted administrative bail while investigation was ongoing.