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Illicit drug factory supplying Chad, Cameroon, Niger busted by NDLEA in Adamawa

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) raided a clandestine factory in Mubi, Adamawa State, where a new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, was being produced in large quantity and supplied to Chad, Cameroon, and Niger Republic. The agency seized 126 parcels of Canadian Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis, weighing 63 kilograms, which was concealed in a used Toyota Corolla car imported from Toronto, Canada at the Tincan port in Lagos. In addition, the NDLEA intercepted 900 grams of the same substance, Loud, hidden inside walls of a travelling bag containing food items, to be exported to Kenya at the SAHCO export shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

During a joint examination with other stakeholders at the Tincan port, the NDLEA operatives also seized 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. In Benue State, operatives recovered 859 bottles of Codeine-based Syrup weighing 117.3kg that was abandoned by a suspected dealer about two kilometers away from NDLEA check point along Enugu – Otukpo road. Two suspects, Kabiru Muhammed and Isah Muhammed, were arrested with 20 blocks of cannabis weighing 11.2kg concealed in a bag of cassava flakes (garri) along Zaria-Kano Road in Kano State.

According to Femi Babafemi, the spokesperson of the NDLEA, at the time of the raid on the factory in Mubi, production activities were ongoing in the premises. The NDLEA operatives also intercepted 1.53kg skunk concealed in old hard drives meant for export to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The NDLEA is intensifying its efforts to curb the spread of drug trafficking in the country, and more operations are expected in the future to put an end to these criminal activities

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