By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Tincan Island command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), have intercepted a forty foot container with number: MSCU 1751320, loaded with 1,506 cartons Barcadine Codeine and other dangerous drugs during a routine cargo examination.
In a statement issued by the Image maker of the command, Mr Uche Ejesieme on Thursday, revealed that the container was detected through a joint collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the command.
According to Mr. Ejesieme, the hard drugs was loaded in a 1×40 ft container with no Mscu 1751320 during a routine examination.
“Relying on the well established collaboration and synergy which is at the base of our standard operating procedure, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, acting on intelligence
which has been on their radar, notified the customs area Controller, Comptroller Abdullah Musa of their strong suspicion that the said container was laden with concealed hard drugs”
“Following the development, the Customs Area Controller directed that the container be transferred to the Enforcement Unit of the command on the 6th of September 2021 where a 100% physical examination was carried and which revealed the following:
“1,506 cartons of BARCADINE CODEINE(100 bottles per carton of 100ml) each.
(2) 189 CARTONS OF 100 PCS PER CARTON OF REALLY EXTRA (PAIN AND FEVER TABLETS)
(3)47 cartons of 6 packs of 3pcs each.
“Sequel to this,the said container was impounded and will be
handed over to the
National Drug law enforcement Agency in
line with section 169 of the customs and excise
management Act cap c45 laws of the federal
Republic 2004 as amended..
In his words, “It is instructive to reiterate that the renewed and strengthened partnership with sister Agencies in the port, has continually yielded expected results and the command will leverage on that to decimate the activities of these criminal gangs and their supply chain.
“It is also pertinent to note that young Nigerians are addicted to CODEINE syrup, medicine that’s become a street drug ,excessive consumption of which can cause PSYCHOSIS AND ORGAN FAIL,” the command stated.
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