Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone “C”, Owerri, Imo State says it has seized two trucks carrying 843 cartons of fake drugs and another containing furniture and furniture components with a Duty Paid Value of N226,830,000.
It was also said that the cartons of imported fake drugs comprised 696 packs of fake Lubumol and 153 packs of Tramodol analgesics, amounting to a DPV of N163,260,000.
Briefing journalists at the premises of the NCS Imo-Abia Command, Owerri, where the exhibits were displayed, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller David Dimka, said the consignments were confiscated on Eleme-Aba road on September 22, 2015.
He further said officers and men of the unit, who monitored the nefarious activities of the die-hard smugglers, equally seized 303 cartons of glass dining table, 1,936 pieces of side stool with a DPV of N63,120,000 .
Dimka warned that the NCS would ensure smugglers and their collaborators were flushed out from their hideouts in the country.
“We are worried at the upsurge of smuggling in this country despite the obvious penalties for culprits. The NCS is not sleeping and will ever remain awake to its responsibilities and the persistent cases of smuggling shows how terrible, greedy, and deviant people can be.
“Since the smugglers have learnt how to fly without perching, we, with the NCS have also learnt how to shoot without missing,” Dimka said.
Dimka handed over the drugs to the Director-General of the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii, through the Imo State Coordinator, Mr. Mmamel Victor, for further investigation and action.
He said the driver of the truck conveying the drugs had been arrested and was being investigated.