The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), during a routine cargo examination, intercepted a 40-foot container with No: MSCU 1751320 loaded with 1,506 cartons of Barcadine Codeine and other dangerous drugs.
Spokesman of the Command, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, disclosed this in statement issued on Thursday, saying 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.
The statement reads: “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.
“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.”
The Command notes that young Nigerians have become addicted to CODEINE SYRUP-a medicine that has become a street drug and capable of causing PSYCHOSIS AND ORGAN FAILURE when abused.