Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two members of a syndicate that specialises in smuggling cartoons of Tramadol from Onitsha, Anambra State to Lagos.
The suspects, Igwe Ezike and Stephen Osita were apprehended while conveying 30 cartons of Tramadol 100mg loaded in a truck and perfectly concealed under motor spare parts.
Briefing journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Imohimi Edgal said on June 29, 2018 at about 7.30am, a team of policemen attached to Trade-fair Division, while on a stop and search operation, intercepted the truck.
Edgal said, “The Scania 220 truck with Reg. No FCT 45 OD loaded with 30 cartons of Tramadol 100mg capsules neatly concealed. Despite how carefully the drugs were concealed, the Eagle eyed police operatives were able to detect the illegal consignment.
The driver of the truck and conductor were apprehended and the truck recovered or further investigation.”
However, the two suspects denied knowledge of the consignment, saying they were contacted as truck drivers to convey spare parts to Lagos.
One of the suspects Ejike said, “when you travel to any part of the state, there are some people who are agents.
“The owners of the goods told me it was all spare parts. As a transporter, I travel down to Onitsha. And as for the agent, I have given the police every information they needed.
“This is not the only thing we were carrying in my vehicle. There are also bags. And different individuals own them. It is just a waybill.”
He added that ‘‘in some of the bags the police operatives found Tramadol and others spare parts.”
Also speaking Osita, said that “I am the conductor of the vehicle and I’ve been working with Ejike for over four years. This (transportation of Tramadol) has never happened before.
“This is the second we have loaded from that agent’s pit. He paid N70,000 for us to take the goods to his contact in Lagos. There is a place at Trade-fair where we offload the goods and the owners would come carry their things.”
CP Edgal assured that the command would not rest on its oars until the streets of Lagos are rid of hard drugs. The reward for hard work he maintained is hard work.
“Our children must be saved from the evil effects of illicit drugs. Suspects will definitely have their day in the court of law,” he insisted.