The Tincan Island command of tbe Nigeria Customs Service 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.
According to a statement issued by the spokesman of the command, Mr Uche Ejesieme on Thursday, the container was detected through a joint collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
Giving a breakdown of the seizure, Ejesieme disclosed that 1,506 cartons of codeine with 100 bottles per carton of 100ml each, 189 cartons of 100 pieces per carton of really extra, a pain killer were detected.
“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 tbe customs and excise management Act cap c45 laws of the federal Republic 2004 as amended..
“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-a medicine that’s become a street drug ,excessive consumption of which can cause PSYCHOSIS AND ORGAN FAILURE” the command stated