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NDLEA ARRESTS DRUG LORD IN ANAMBRA, 548,000 TRAMADOL TABLETS RECOVERED

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Okeke Chijioke, 44, a prominent illicit drug kingpin in Anambra, has been detained by NDLEA operatives, with 548,000 pills of tramadol branded as tarkadol discovered from his warehouse at 3 Atunya street, Maryland estate, Nkwelle, Oyi local government area of the state.

On Saturday, July 10th, 2021, Okekes was apprehended after credible intelligence and surveillance revealed he had stockpiled the illegal narcotic in his warehouse. After searching his storage, investigators discovered 548,000 tarkadol tablets weighing 302.500 kilos.

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The suspect acknowledged that he was the rightful owner of the found material.

According to preliminary research, tarkadol is a brand of tramadol that was just introduced to the market in order to avoid detection. Amphetamine has also been detected in the drug.

To evade examination, the medicine was branded on its packaging as a 100mg pain reliever, even though laboratory checks revealed it was a 225mg drug.

The medicine was also discovered to have been made in India and trafficked into Nigeria without a NAFDAC number or approval.

During the warehouse search, a double barrel pump rifle with three live ammunition was discovered and recovered, despite the fact that its license had expired in 2019.

In a similar event, Godiya Linus, a notorious interstate drug dealer based in Taraba but supplying narcotics to dealers in Adamawa, has been detained in the state’s Numan area. Godiya, an ex-convict, served time in prison between 2012 and 2018 after being convicted of drug-related offenses.

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