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Customs impounds N2.6M prohibited drugs from lndia, China

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday said it has intercepted trucks load of smuggled drugs worth N242,688,000.

The drugs identified as Tramadol Hydrochoride tablets in the range of 225mg/200 mg were seized along Apapa Road in Lagos. The drugs were packed in two trucks of Tramadol Hydrochloride 225mg in two units of 40 foot containers.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, who made the revelation while conducting journalists, said the drugs were concealed in a total of 5,056 cartons.

While explaining that the drugs are prohibited and not good for consumption without prescription, he added that investigations are ongoing to unravel the involvement of customs personnel in the clearing of the consignment.

Ali said, the customs will look at the Inspection Act which indicates full particulars of releasing officers in respect of the drug that has become largely abused in the society.

Business Hilights recalls  that last year, the Federal Operations Unit Zone A, evacuated 773 cartons of same tramadol capsules with 225mg and 700 cartons from an unnamed warehouse in Lagos with a suspect still facing trial at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Analysts say some side effects of the drug include adversely affecting consumers health causing agitation, nervousness, anxiety, seizures (convulsions),skin rash, dizziness and spinning sensation.

Other side effects includes hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, loss of coordination, headache, drowsiness.

According to the Customs boss, “’This drug is prohibited and not good for consumption without prescription. A lot of women and youths now take it to relieve stress, but its harmful to health if taken outside medical guidance”.

He further assured that the customs will intensify its battle against smuggling and continue to prevent prohibited items from entering the Nigerian markets to safeguard the economy and health of Nigerians.

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