NDLEA Recovers More Than 500,000 Tramadol Tablets in Anambra
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested Chijioke Okeke, a suspected drug kingpin in Anambra State. The man was apprehended with 548,000 Tramadol pills.
The Tramadol, marketed as Tarkadol, was discovered from Okeke’s warehouse on Atunya Street, Maryland Estate, Nkwelle, Oyi, according to the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday.
On Saturday, July 10, 2021, Okeke, 44, was arrested after “credible intelligence and monitoring revealed he loaded his warehouse with the unlawful drug,” according to him.
“After searching his storage, investigators discovered 548,000 Tarkadol pills totaling 302.500 kg. The suspect acknowledged that he was the owner of the drug found.
“A preliminary study has revealed that Tarkadol is a Tramadol brand that was recently put onto the market in order to avoid detection. Amphetamine has also been detected in the drug.
“The medication was labeled on its packets as a 100mg pain reliever to escape attention, but laboratory tests revealed it to be a 225mg drug. The medication was also revealed to have been made in India and trafficked into Nigeria without a NAFDAC number or approval. A double-barrelled pump action gun with three live rounds was also located and collected during the warehouse search,” Babafemi stated.
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