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Customs intercepts drugs worth N4.3bn imported from S/Africa, Canada at Tin-Can

by Business News Report

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has impounded 56.39kg of cocaine and 955kg of Colorado Indica,  marijuana worth N4.3 billion at Tin Can Island Port. The drugs were imported into the country from South Africa and Canada. The Service also impounded pistols and live ammunition. The Comptroller General of Customs, CAC, Adewale Adeniyi, who said this in a media conference on Thursday in Lagos, said that the seized cocaine was worth N2.4 billion, while the marijuana was valued at N1.9 billion. He added that the command intercepted five pistols and 445 rounds of live ammunition and several empty pistol magazines. He listed the seized items as: 65 packets of Colarado Indica weighing 32.5kg seized from 1X40FT Container No. UACU 534833/6 imported from Canada.

“Others are 17 packets weighing 16.690kg confirmed to be Cocaine, 151 packets Colarado Indica weighing 107 kg, one piece Gen2 Air soft pistol with serial No. 471908, empty magazine, 49 rounds of 7.62 mm live ammunition, 197 rounds of 9mm live ammunition. Precursor chemicals for the manufacture of crystal methamphetamine, eight bags weighing 25kg tartaric acid, 100kegs of unspecified substances seized from 1x40ft Container No. MSCU 458177/0 imported from Durban South Africa. 40 packets weighing 39.7kg confirmed to be Cocaine, 1026 packets weighing 688.2kg confirmed to be Colarado Indica, two pistols without serial numbers, one pistol with SerialNo. AZYSRA6YSO12101181, three empty magazines, 275rounds of 5.5mm M16 Tavor live ammunition. Six rounds of 9mm blank ammunition seized from in 1x40ft container No. THRU 796807/1imported from Durban South Africa. 226 packets weighing 128kg confirmed to be Cannabis Indica seized from 1x40ft Container No.MEDU 785276/3 imported from Durban South Africa,” he said.

Adeniyi noted that the individuals linked to these seizures had not been disclosed as investigations into the criminal network are ongoing. “The NCS is committed to leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the perpetrators involved in these illicit activities face the full consequences of the law. “Our relentless pursuit of justice underscores the determination to dismantle the networks enabling these criminal acts, reinforcing our dedication to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding the security and well-being of the Nigerian people. NCS and NDLEA remain steadfast in their commitment to enhancing ongoing collaborations aimed at eradicating criminal elements from society. We will persist in extending intelligence, network, and capabilities both nationally and internationally. The collective objective is to thoroughly eliminate these criminal elements, ensuring the society is rid of their detrimental influence,” he said. Also speaking at the event, Brig.Gen Mohammed Marwa (rtd), Chairman of NDLEA, attributed the development to hard work of security agencies tasked with securing the nation’s territory.

Maruwa represented by Mr Femi Babafemi, NDLEA Spokesperson, added that the seizure was a testament that the sea ports were also secured. “ I express my appreciation to the leadership, men and officers of the NCS for the collaboration between the service and the NDLEA, not only at TinCan Island Port here but across all areas of our respective responsibilities. I appreciate their steadfastness since the intelligence was received weeks ago from our international partners on the containers from which these drugs were recovered as they departed the port of loading. The command and other units had diligently tracked the movement of the containers up to the time of their landing in our port. In the spirit of inter-agency collaboration, NDLEA never hesitated to share intelligence with the Tin Can Island Command of the NCS and also requested that the command ensure the containers were pinned down for 100 per cent examination,” he said. He added that the synergy between Customs and NDLEA would close other loopholes that criminal elements had capitalised on in the past to smuggle illicit items into the country.

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