Nigerian drug agency intercepts four tons of drugs in seven states

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria has intercepted four tons of illicit and controlled drugs in seven states within one week.

The drugs include nitrous oxide popularly known as laughing gas, skunk, codeine syrup, methamphetamine and Tramadol, NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi said in a statement on Sunday.

The seizures were carried out during interdiction operations in Lagos, Kogi, FCT, Jigawa, Kaduna, Sokoto and Edo states.

Babafemi said that 1,194 cylinders of laughing gas with a total weight of 2,547.2 kilogrammes were intercepted in Toyota Sienna buses on September 22, along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja Expressway.

Two suspects, Onyebuchi Ikpozu and Kenneth Igwe, were arrested in connection with the seizure.

In Abuja, operatives intercepted 977 kilogrammes of skunk on September 20 in a trailer marked LSR 343 XW, bearing cartons of a seasoning brand.

The skunk consignment was loaded into the truck at Ipele junction in Ondo State. Also, 959kgs of the substance were meant for distribution in Sokoto State, while the rest was to be dropped off at Gwagwalada.

Two suspects, Auwal Mohammed and Abdullahi Abubakar, were arrested in connection with the seizure.

In Sokoto State, on September 19, operatives arrested one Charles Okeke, 44, with 473 bottles of codeine syrup at Unguwar Kosai area of Sokoto State.

In Edo, 365 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 258kgs were recovered from a Toyota Camry car marked KTU 886 EZ at Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA in Edo State.

Meanwhile, the agency in a massive operation from September 11 to September 13, in a thick forest in Ijesha Isu-Ekiti, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, destroyed 40 tons of cannabis plants covering 16 hectares of farmland.

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