Indian businessman held for allegedly smuggling over 134,700 bottles of codeine

An Indian businessman, Vyapak Nutal, has been arrested for allegedly smuggling 134,700 bottles of codeine syrup through the land border between Nigeria and Niger Republic in Sokoto State.

Spokesman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja, said the Indian was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and handed over to the anti-drug agency for interrogation.

Babafemi said the suspect had loaded the consignment into trucks in Cotonou, Benin Republic and driven through the land borders via Niger Republic before entering Sokoto State at the Illela border.

The spokesman said Nutal settled in a hotel in Sokoto State and credible intelligence revealed that he began to look for buyers for the controlled drug.

“While operatives were on his trail, officers of the Department of State Security were able to apprehend him and swiftly handed him over to NDLEA on Wednesday 10th February 2022”, Babafemi said.

Babafemi said in another development, attempts by drug traffickers to export large quantities of Heroin, Methamphetamine, Khat, Tramadol and Cannabis through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) as well as three courier companies in Lagos have been frustrated by narcotic officers who intercepted the illicit consignments.

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