20 cartons of 120 mg and 225mg of Trapaking tablets, a new brand of the prohibited Tramadol worth N1,560,000,000 have been seized by the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service.
The seized items were concealed inside a 1/40-foot container loaded with cartons of sweets and bubble gums. But were declared as chocolates. The 225mg Trapaking has 838,500 tablets while the 120mg has 90,010 capsules.
The Controller of the Command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta, disclosed to the media in Lagos on Thursday, saying they were discovered during physical examination by operatives of the command at Classic bonded terminal at Ago Palace Way in Lagos.
Malanta said the drugs were imported from India and arrived the Apapa port on July 3rd from where they were transferred to the bonded terminal and the command had been monitoring its movements since the importer abandoned it.
“The importer was trying to buy time to see whether he can undermine our officers but we are really on top of our game and we will continue to be on top of our game. If the importer is not tired of losing his investments, we too will not be tired of making him lose his investments and ensure that he is tried and brought to book.
“The importer made two declarations. He made a declaration of spare parts on item one and chocolate on item 2 but he didn’t make the declaration on the drugs.
“He cleverly concealed these drugs at the back end of the container just to undermine our operatives. We searched the container and we found out there are 20 cartons of these drugs.
“These drugs are more deadly than the normal tramadol and you can imagine the kind of havoc it could cause if it enters the society.
“Most of the criminal actions taking place today in our society are with the aid of these kinds of drugs,” said Malanta.
Malanta commended operatives of the command resident at the terminal for the seizure, adding that the collaborative efforts between the Customs and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NAFDAC) is yielding positive results.
He said while the command has gotten substantial evidence on those behind the import, investigation is ongoing to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.