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Gov’t intercepts illicit drugs in Bamenda

Bulks of dangerous illicit drugs and consumables of all sorts have been intercepted by the bureau of the Northwest Sector…

Bulks of dangerous illicit drugs and consumables of all sorts have been intercepted by the bureau of the Northwest Sector of the Customs Department in Bamenda, The Post Newspaper reports.

According to the paper, the consignment of drugs and other dangerous goods that were confiscated by custom officials were presented to the press on August 2.  The paper cites the Commander of Active Subdivision at the Northwest Customs Sector, Kennedy Acha, as saying “the first truckload of illegal drugs and other consumables they intercepted was heading to Bamenda Town, driven by a certain Emmanuel Fon, who declined, saying it belong to Lontsi Fotio”.

“This truck alone had the following content; 20 cartons of cigarettes worth FCFA 4 million, 64 tons of non-degradable plastics worth FCFA 2.04 million, carton of Tramadol of 225mg; cost of the Tramadol estimated at over FCFA 60 million.

The Manager of the Northwest Regional Fund for Health Promotion, NWRFHP, Dr. Richard Mbarika Fondoh, for his part, said most of the drugs are of high opium. “The Tramadol, used by young people is carrying 100mg, whereas, the Tramadol we prescribe in hospitals is that of 50mg and, at no one moment, can you prescribe 100mg of Tramadol to any patient. But when these boys take the 100mg of Tramadol, they can commit any crime because of the very high level content that gives them that courage,” Dr. Fondoh noted.

Illicit goods easily get into the country, because, the borders are porous and where there are Police, Gendarmes or Customs, the trader beats their vigilance or simply buys his way, the papers states.

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