The ongoing joint operation by Nigeria Customs Service NCS National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA and Department of State Service DSS in Apapa Port has discovered more Captagon pills weighing 74.119kg.
Customs Area Controller of Apapa Command, Malanta Yusuf made the
disclosure in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations
Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Customs, Abubakar Usman.
Yusuf said that Captagon, the trademark name for the synthetic stimulant
Fenethylline, was first reported by a German pharmacist in 1961 for the
potential treatment of hyperactivity, depression and narcolepsy1.
Yusuf noted that the hard drug, which was carefully hidden in various
components of a machine, was equivalent to 451,807 tablets now packed
in 18 parcels.
He added that the search would continue as there were reasons to suspect
more concealment of the illicit tablets inside the imported machine.
According to him, long-term use of the drug leads to remarkable side
effects with the most common being extreme depression, lethargy, sleep
deprivation, occasional palpitation, heart and blood vessel toxicity and