Massive Seizure of Laughing Gas: NDLEA Intercepts Over 64,863.5kgs at Lagos Seaport and Imo State

In a significant operation, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has successfully intercepted a staggering consignment of nitrous oxide, popularly known as ‘laughing gas,’ weighing over 64,863.5 kilograms at the Apapa seaport in Lagos and Imo State.

This remarkable achievement comes just within 24 hours of the directive issued by the chairman/chief executive officer of the NDLEA, Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd), to all commands and formations of the agency. The directive called for an immediate crackdown on the illegal sale and use of nitrous oxide due to its widespread abuse by individuals for recreational purposes.

Femi Babafemi, the spokesman for the agency, stated in a press release in Abuja on Friday that the interception was a result of credible intelligence received by the NDLEA.

“On July 12, NDLEA operatives at the Apapa seaport intercepted two containers identified as MSKU 7626856 and MSKU 7689448, suspected to be carrying cartons of nitrous oxide and plastic pressure release nozzles imported from China,” Babafemi disclosed. He further added, “Consequently, a joint examination of the containers was conducted on July 13 by NDLEA officers, Customs Service personnel, and other stakeholders. During the search, a total of 522 cartons of nitrous oxide, containing 16,366 packages weighing 64,852 kilograms, were discovered, along with various paraphernalia intended for recreational use.”

The importers of the illicit consignment, Stephen Eze, 30 years old, and his agent, Michael Chukwuma, were promptly apprehended and are currently being held for further investigation, according to Babafemi.

The seizure of such a significant quantity of laughing gas demonstrates the NDLEA’s commitment to combatting the illegal drug trade and the abuse of substances. Laughing gas, which is commonly used for medical and industrial purposes, has gained popularity among individuals seeking recreational highs, leading to a surge in its illegal use.

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The NDLEA remains resolute in its efforts to curb the illicit sale and misuse of substances, ensuring the safety and well-being of the Nigerian populace. The successful operation at the Apapa seaport and in Imo State is a testament to the agency’s unwavering dedication to its mission of eradicating drug-related offenses from the country.

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