The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a kingpin of illicit drug in Anambra State, Chijioke Okeke and recovered 548,000 tramadol tablets.
The agency said the tramadol branded as Tarkadol was recovered in Okeke’s warehouse at No. 3, Atunya street, Maryland Estate, Nkwelle, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr. Femi Babafemi, said in a statement that Okeke’s arrest on Saturday 10th July, followed credible intelligence and surveillance, which confirmed he stocked his warehouse with the illicit drug.
According to him, after the search of his warehouse, 548,000 tablets of Tarkadol weighing 302.500 kilograms were recovered.
“The suspect accepted ownership of the substance recovered. Preliminary investigation has established that Tarkadol is a brand of Tramadol that has just been introduced into the market to evade attention.
“The substance has also tested positive to amphetamine. The drug was equally labeled 100mg pain reliever on its packs to avoid scrutiny, while laboratory tests confirmed it’s a 225mg drug.
“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 three live cartridges, which licence expired since 2019, was also discovered and recovered,” he said.
Babafemi said operatives of the agency in Benue State on road patrol in Apir village on 14th July also intercepted and seized 28,400 capsules of tramadol from one Dankawu Madaki, who hails from Misah LGA, Bauchi State.
In a related development, a notorious interstate drug dealer, Godiya Linus, based in Taraba who supplied narcotics to dealers in Adamawa had been arrested in Numan area of the state.
Babafemi said 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 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 is based in Mayolope village in Lau local government area of Taraba. This was where he supplied Jambutu park in Yola and other parts of Numan, using an unregistered boxer motorcycle for distribution.
“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.
“This also was followed by the arrest of Muhammadu Garba and Shaibu Haruna with 48.500kg of cannabis in Gurin area of the state on Friday, 16th July 2021,” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) as commending the officers and men of the Anambra, Benue and Adamawa state Commands.
Marwa applauded them for sustaining the offensive in the ongoing efforts to mop up illicit drugs from every community in all parts of Nigeria, charging them to remain unrelenting in the discharge of their duties.