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(NDLEA) Has Reported A Significant Drug Seizure At Tincan Ports In Lagos, Nigeria In 2023

A Total Of 876.453kg Drugs Were Intercepted Throughout 2023

A Total Of 876.453kg Drugs Were Intercepted Throughout 2023 (NDLEA) Has Reported A Significant Drug Seizure At Tincan Ports In Lagos, Nigeria.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Tincan Special Area Command, on Thursday, said it Intercepted 876.453 kilograms of various illicit drugs and controlled substances in 2023.

In a statement by the Area Commander, Mohammed Abubakar, the drugs intercepted are cocaine worth 24kg; Cannabis – 852.45KG; and Tramadol – 0.003KG, all totalling 876.453KG.

According to Abubakar, a total of 15 individuals were arrested and prosecuted during the period, out of which 10 were convicted.

He added that the feat was achieved through relentless efforts and meticulous investigation, which led to the dismantling of several drug trafficking networks and the subsequent prosecution of individuals involved.

“The Tincan special area command has been at the forefront of strategic operations in the area, targeting illicit drug smuggling activities and apprehending those responsible.

“In recent months, the efforts have culminated in multiple successful seizures and arrests, emphasising the agency’s commitment to eradicating drug-related crimes within our society.

In one operation carried out at the Tincan port, a notable seizure of illicit drugs (Cannabis Indica also called Colorado) totalling 161.5kg was made, along with a sum of $22,900 offered as bribe to officers.

“The intercepted drugs were concealed within cargo shipments of used vehicles from Montreal Canada, indicating the ingenuity of the involved drug traffickers,” he said.

Abubakar said that several investigations were conducted in collaboration with national and international law enforcement agencies, leading to the identification and apprehension of some of the key players in these drug networks.

The NDLEA boss noted that the combined efforts proved fruitful, resulting in the arrest of some of the persons directly involved in the importation, distribution, and sales of illicit drugs.

He said that throughout 2023, the command embarked on various sensitisation and enlightenment activities within and around the Tincan island port.

He listed them to include advocacy visits to all stakeholders in and around the port, public enlightenment and lectures, rallies and engagement of traditional rulers and non-governmental organisations around the port environment.

“All the activities were carried out under the aegis of ‘War Against Drug Abuse’ (WADA) and were designed to reduce demand and abuse of illicit drugs and psychotropic substances in Nigeria,” he said.

The NDLEA Tincan special area commander appreciated stakeholders in the maritime industry, and other relevant government agencies for their unwavering support and collaborative effort in these operations.

He added that their dedication and joint action had played a crucial role in the successes achieved thus far.

He also urged all licensed Customs clearing agents to stop the practice of authorising third party individuals to clear cargo under their company stamp.

He pointed out that the practice automatically made the company liable to any cargo cleared, using its name and stamp.

“This may become a real problem when illicit drugs are discovered and the company cannot provide any tangible information or whereabouts of the owners of the cargo.

“Clearing agents have the responsibility to not only adhere to laws but to cooperate with law enforcement agents undertaking an investigation.

“The NDLEA Tincan special area command sends a strong message to all those involved in drug trafficking and other illicit activities, we intend to use every available resource to bring them to justice and put an end to their illegal operations,” he said.

He said the command would continue to enhance their intelligence capabilities, invest in modern equipment, and provide training for its officers to combat drug trafficking effectively.

“The agency urges the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to drug trafficking to the NDLEA or relevant law enforcement agencies. Together, we can create a safer and drug-free environment for all Nigerians,” he said.

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