Abuja businessman arrested for selling illicit dr#gs online

Operatives of the National Dr#g Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a businessman, Mr. Orakwe Chibuike Celestine, for allegedly selling illicit and controlled dr#gs on a popular e-commerce platform.

The suspect is the MD/CEO of Marvelrock Pharmaceuticals and Stores Limited, a company he registered on December 16, 2014 with the certificate and support of a licensed pharmacist, who opted out of the deal in 2017.

The graduate of Business Administration from the University of Abuja, continued running the business and enrolled it on the said e-commerce platform in 2019.

NDLEA’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Wednesday, August 17 said: “He however came under NDLEAs radar in October 2021 when he advertised many pharmaceutical products such as Tramadol, Ketamine Hydrochloride injection, Hypnox flunitrazepam tablets among others on Jiji.ng.

Between 26th October 2021 and 8th August 2022, the team of anti-narcotic officers assigned to investigate Orakwes dr#g business activities was able to establish the suspect was selling Tramadol 225mg and other illicit/controlled dr#gs through the e-commerce platform.

As a result, the suspect was arrested with some quantities of Tramadol and Swiphnol brand of Rohypnol on Monday 8th August at a drink joint in Jabi area of Abuja where he had gone to make some supplies of orders made through his online channel.”

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