NDLEA uncovers N19million worth of illicit drugs concealed in noodles’ cartons
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA), Adamawa Command, has uncovered illicit drugs concealed in noodles’ cartons in a shop in Mubi. The drugs are said to weigh about 1.31tonne and worth about N19million in value.
NDLEA’s state Commander, Mr. Yakubu Kibo, made the disclosure shortly after displaying the exhibits on Thursday in Yola.
A suspect, John Ugwu, who owned the shop opposite Mubi General Hospital, was arrested. After thorough search, 183 Indomie noodles’ cartons were discovered.
The cartons were opened and they contained 1.316tonne of Tramadol 225 mg tablets, which were meant fro distribution across different Northern states.
The NDLEA had earlier warned Nigerians on the abuse of Tramadol and raised an alarm that the drug is being consumed mostly in the Northern part of the country. According to the drugs enforcement agency, about 2 truckloads of the drugs were intercepted in January in the South West en-route the North.
Drug abuse is quite rampant across the country and it has been an issue of concern for the government in the past few year as many more youth are taking to the street with more exposure to the usage of these illicit drugs.
Some people have even laid the blame on Nigerian celebrities as they claim that they promote the usage of these drugs in their songs and music videos.