A serious illicit drug kingpin in Anambra, Okeke Chijioke (44), has been arrested by operatives of the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company, (NDLEA).
Okeke’s arrest on Saturday tenth July 2021 adopted credible intelligence and surveillance, which confirmed he stocked his warehouse at 3 Atunya road, Maryland property, Nkwelle, Oyi Native Authorities Space of the State, with Tramadol branded as Tarkadol.
After a search of his warehouse, 548,000 tablets of Tarkadol weighing 302.500 kilograms have been recovered, with the suspect accepting possession of the substances recovered.
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Authorities on the NDLEA say a preliminary investigation has established that Tarkadol is a model of Tramadol that has simply been launched into the market to evade consideration.
“The substance has additionally examined optimistic to amphetamine. The drug was equally labeled 100mg ache reliever on its packs to keep away from scrutiny, whereas laboratory exams confirmed it’s a 225mg drug.
“It was additional found that the drug was manufactured in India and smuggled into Nigeria with out NAFDAC quantity or certification. In the course of the search on the warehouse, a double-barrel pump gun with 3 stay cartridges, which license expired in 2019, was additionally found and recovered,” an NDLEA communique on Sunday partly reads.
In one other associated burst, the Benue State Command of the Company on street patrol in Apir village on 14th July intercepted and seized 28,400 capsules of tramadol from one Dankawu Madaki, who hails from Misah LG, Bauchi state.
The suspects are anticipated to be charged to court docket as quickly as correct investigations have been accomplished.
Commending the officers and males of the Anambra and Benue State Instructions for sustaining the offensive motion within the ongoing efforts to mop up illicit medicine from each neighborhood in all components of Nigeria, Chairman/Chief Govt of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged them to stay unrelenting within the discharge of their duties.