A 42-year old illicit drug dealer, from Imo State, John Anukwueme, has been arrested by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Lagos State Police Command.
According to the officer in charge of SARS, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Ahmed Mohammed Sanusi, information came to him that Anukwueme used to sell expired and adulterated drugs to criminals who abuse the codeine in it as hard drug which gives them the effect of hard drug like cocaine which they take before carrying out their nefarious activities.
Due to consistent public outcry for the damage the drug is causing to the health of the buyers and the patronage to the drug by undesirable elements, his operatives stormed his shop at Sarikiaro Street in Ikeja area of Lagos and arrested him and recovered a “Ghana-must-go” bag of the drugs.
The recovered drug includes dozens of packets of Emzolyn with codeine, codeine cough syrup and Toxic-C capsules and syrup among others.
Speaking on Thursday at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, while being paraded by the new CP Edgal Oluwole Imohimi, the suspect Anukwueme said, “I started selling the drugs since six months ago in my shop at Seriki Aro Street in Ikeja. The drugs are not expired or fake.
I bought the drugs to sell and make gain. I do not know what the buyers used to do with the drug after buying it. I did not know what the buyers abuse or used to the drug after buying it. I do not know anything about the abuse of the codeine in the drug by the buyers.
‘’The only offence I feel I committed is selling the drug to people without the doctor’s prescription.
I used to buy one bottle of Emzolyn cough syrup or codeine cough syrup N700 (seven hundred naira) and sell it N1, 000 (one thousand naira).
My gain there is only N300 per bottle. I do not know that buyers abuse the codeine in it by using it as hard drug.
‘’I was arrested on Wednesday evening when the police came to my shop. The drugs are not expired or fake.
They are genuine drugs. The only thing is that I sold them without the doctors’ prescription. Nobody has died and nobody has complained of anything since I started selling the drug.’’DD
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