The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have seized addictive stimulants; Methamphetamine and Ephedrine worth more than 2.5 billion naira.
The Commander of NDLEA Cross River State in southern Nigeria, Anthonia Edeh stated that the courier of the substances, 53 years old Emmanuel Azuka, was intercepted along the nation’s Trans – international route in Yahe – Ikom Local Government Area.
Edeh stated that Azuka, who had 76.50 kg of Methamphetamine and 100.1 kg of Ephedrine while on board a trans – international bus, was arrested by NDLEA operatives positioned for stop and search.
According to the Commander, “the recovered synthetic drug, Methamphetamine was concealed in packets of a popular breakfast cereal known as ‘Golden Morn’, while Ephedrine was found inside ‘Semovita’ packs and five Industrial filters.”
Edeh, who expressed satisfaction with the officers for the feat achieved, urged Nigerians to beware of Methamphetamine as one highly lethal synthetic drug.
“The officers are working hard to make sure that these drugs do not come within our borders. Christmas festivities would soon commence in Calabar and it is our duty to keep locals, visitors and tourists’ safe at all times”, said the Commander.
“I am appealing to the public to be mindful of Methamphetamine. It is not only harmful, but the waste product is equally lethal particularly to those residents within the location of clandestine laboratories used to produce the drugs,” she advised.
The Commander solicited the cooperation of well meaning individuals to demystify the activities of the nefarious drug merchants as well as the support of the State Government.