Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has confirmed that twenty-nine (29) cartoons of 225 milligrams of tramadol at the Freetown International Airport, Lungi were recently intercepted by the Acting Director of Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU) of the SLP Emmanuel Cole following a tip-off from the security sector concerning a Kenyan Airways Flight No. KQ015 that arrived at the airport at 1730 hours.

This disclosure was made on Wednesday 8th November 2023 at the SLP weekly press conference held at their headquarters, George Street in Freetown.

He said they worked on the tip-off accordingly by informing key security stakeholders including the Office of National Security (ONS), Central Intelligence and Security Agency (CISA), and the National Revenue Authority (NRA) through the Customs and Excise Department. He furthered that the consignment of tramadol was held by the security forces upon arrival but no arrest was made mainly because there was a fictitious name and address on the Airway Bill that prevented them from tracking the owner of the luggage.

“We contacted the purported phone number of the owner and someone picked up and informed us that he was in Kambia heading to Guinea. Since then, we didn’t hear from him,” Cole disclosed.

However, he informed the gathering that they would continue with their investigation and would eventually destroy the consignment of tramadol publicly.