Operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have on Saturday 29th April busted a clandestine factory in Mubi, Adamawa State, where a new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, was being produced in large quantity
and distributed to Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
The agency spokesman, Femi Babafemi who revealed on Sunday said, “This is just as Operatives of the Agency, have intercepted 126 parcels of Canadian Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis, weighing 63 kilograms concealed in a used Toyota Corolla car imported from Toronto, Canada at the Tincan port in Lagos”.
“Similarly, an attempt by a freight agent, Mordi Chukwuemeka Samuel, to export 900 grams of the same substance, Loud, hidden inside walls of a travelling bag containing food items, to Kenya, was thwarted by NDLEA officers at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Saturday 29th April” he disclosed.
The NDLEA spokesman revealed that when Mordi presented the bag, which he claimed contained food items for export, operatives noticed that in the course of searching the consignment, the side walls of the bag were unevenly bloated, after which they dismantled the false packings and recovered the illicit substance.
Babafemi also revealed that the previous day, Friday 28th April, NDLEA operatives at the Tincan port intercepted 63kg Canadian Loud packed in bags in the boot of one of the five used vehicles in a container marked, TLLU4840762 coming from Toronto via Montreal, during a joint examination with other stakeholders at the port.
Similarly, men of the Agency’s Directorate of Operations and Investigation (DOGI), attached to courier firms also on Thursday 27th April intercepted a 1.53kg skunk concealed in old hard drives meant for export to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“In Benue, operatives recovered 859 bottles of Codeine based Syrup weighing 117.3kg abandoned by a suspected dealer about two kilometers away from NDLEA checkpoint along Enugu – Otukpo road on Wednesday 26th April, while two suspects: Kabiru Muhammed, 35, and Isah Muhammed, 28, were arrested with 20 blocks of cannabis weighing 11.2kg concealed in a bag of cassava flakes (garri) along Zaria-Kano road, Kano on Friday 28th April”, he added.