NDLEA Arrests Drug Kingpin, Recovers 548,000 Tramadol Tablets

Nabs Notorious Interstate Drug Traffickers In Adamawa, Benue

Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a major illicit drug kingpin in Anambra State.
The drug kingpin, Okeke Chijioke, 44 was arrested on Saturday, 10th July, 2021 and 548,000 tablets of tramadol branded as tarkadol recovered from his warehouse at 3 Atunya Street, Maryland Estate, Nkwelle, Oyi local government area of the state.
Director, media and advocacy, NDLEA headquarters, Femi Babafemi in a statement yesterday said Okeke’s arrest on Saturday 10th July, 2021 followed credible intelligence and surveillance, which confirmed he stocked his warehouse with the illicit drug.
“After the search of his warehouse, 548,000 tablets of tarkadol weighing 302.500 kilograms were recovered and the suspect accepted ownership of the substance recovered.”
Babafemi said that preliminary investigation has established that tarkadol is a brand of tramadol that has just been introduced into the market to evade attention adding that the substance has also tested positive to amphetamine.
The NDLEA spokesman said the drug was equally labeled 100mg pain reliever on its packs to avoid scrutiny, while laboratory tests confirmed it’s a 225mg drug.
He said hat it was further discovered that the drug was manufactured in India and smuggled into Nigeria without NAFDAC number or certification.
“During the search on the warehouse, a double barrel pump gun with 3 live cartridges, which licence expired since 2019, was also discovered and recovered.”
This is even as operatives of the Benue State command of NDLEA on road patrol in Apir village on 14th July intercepted and seized 28,400 capsules of tramadol from one Dankawu Madaki, a drug dealer who hails from Misah LG, Bauchi State.
In a related development, a notorious interstate drug dealer, Godiya Linus, based in Taraba but supplies narcotics to dealers in Adamawa State has been arrested in Numan area of the state.
According to Babafemi, Godiya, an ex-convict, was in jail between 2012 and 2018 following his conviction on drug related charges.
He said a drug dealer, Mohammed Ali had earlier been arrested on 10th July, 2021 with 1.150kg of diazepam in Numan.
“A follow up operation led to the arrest of Godiya who supplied Ali, while investigation has since revealed that he’s based in Mayolope village in Lau local government area of Taraba, from where he supplies Jambutu park in Yola and other parts of Numan, using an unregistered boxer motorcycle for distribution.”
The NDLEA spokesman revealed that few days after Godiya’s arrest, another dealer, Emmanuel Ishiwu was nabbed with different quantities of tramadol, exol-5 and diazepam, totalling 6.103kg also in Numan on 14th July, 2021.
Other drugs dealers arrested he said were Muhammadu Garba and Shaibu Haruna with 48.500kg of cannabis in Gurin area of the state on Friday, 16th July 2021.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) commending the officers and men of the Anambra, Benue and Adamawa state commands for sustaining the offensive action in the ongoing efforts to mop up illicit drugs from every community in all parts of Nigeria.
Marwa charged them to remain unrelenting in the discharge of their duties.

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