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Drugs Trafficking: NDLEA Arrests 8 at Lagos, Abuja, Enugu Airports over Cocaine

Again, NDLEA sets ablaze 1.8 tons of cocaine in Lagos
Written by Maritime First

… Intercepts tons of substances, drugs at Lagos airport; Seizes Shunks, Meth in 4 States***

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two ladies and six men over alleged attempts to import hundreds of cocaine pellets into Nigeria.

Besides, the suspects were alleged to have attempted to export 255mg of Tramadol tablets among other illicit drugs to Europe.

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This is contained in a statement by Mr Femi Babafemi, the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, issued on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said that the suspects had attempted to beat security at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, (NAIA), Abuja; Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Lagos.

He said the streaks of arrests and seizures began on Sunday July 17 when a 52-year-old father of three was arrested.

This, he said, followed his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia via an Ethiopian airline flight at the Abuja airport, and was discovered to have ingested 76 pellets of cocaine.

“During a preliminary interview, the suspect who hails from Enugu Ezike, Igbo Eze LGA, Enugu state, said he was into sales of women’s wigs and hair attachment before veering into the drug trade.

“He has since completed excreting all the 76 wraps of the drug he swallowed while under observation at the Agency’s facility in Abuja,” he said.

The NDLEA spokesman said that another father of three was arrested on the same day in an operational synergy between NDLEA and the Nigeria Customs Service at the NAIA.

Babafemi said that the 42-year-old suspect from Umuahia in Abia state was arrested during an inward clearance of an Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa with 529 pellets of cocaine weighing 11.70kg concealed in his bag.

“In his statement to anti-narcotic officers, the suspect claimed he was promised N2 million.

“The suspect said that he planned to use the proceeds to boost his business upon successful delivery of the cocaine consignment in Abuja,” the NDLEA official said.

Babafemi said that NDLEA operatives also on Saturday, July 23, arrested a 29-year-old woman at the Enugu airport upon arrival on an Ethiopian airline flight from Addis Ababa.

He said that a search of her luggage led to the discovery of 2.192kg of cocaine concealed in two designer women’s handbags with false linings.

In the same vein, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has foiled an attempt by drug traffickers to export different illicit drugs through the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) export shed at the Lagos airport to Europe and United Arab Emirate.

The Director, Media and Advocacy NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said the operatives on Monday intercepted some illicit substances concealed in a consolidated cargo going to Dubai, UAE.

He said these were apart from 24 parcels of Loud, a variant of cannabis, largely grown in the United States and Canada.

He said that other substances recovered from the cargo included a precursor for methamphetamine, BMK glycidic acid; tablets of designer drug MDMA and another five parcels of cannabis.

He added that no fewer than four freight agents were arrested in connection with the seizure.

“They included Balogun Adesola Olamilekan; Sulaimon Kaosarat Yetunde; Benjamin Christopher Joel; and Omoniyi Ibukun Abraham.

“Also same day, Monday July, 18, the bid by an Italy-bound passenger Tony Osas to export 10, 250 tablets of Tramadol 255mg to Europe through the Lagos airport, was foiled by NDLEA operatives.

“The suspect was intercepted at Gate B departure hall during outward clearance of passengers on a Turkish airline flight to Milan.

“During a search of his luggage, Osas who hails from Ovia South – West Local Government Area of Edo State, was found with the illicit substance.”

“The substance weighed 5.70kg and was concealed inside gari, a local cassava product tucked in his black handbag, ” he said.

In the meantime, NDLEA arrested a driver on Sunday, July 17 on Abuja-Kaduna Highway with 157,000 tablets of Diazepam weighing 37.5kg.

Suspect arrested for drug-related issues

NDLEA’s spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi, stated on Sunday in Abuja that a follow-up operation on the same day led to the arrest of the actual owner of the consignment in Katsina.

He stated that another suspect was arrested also on July 17 in Kano after his consignment of 2,500kg of rubber solution (solvent) locally called Shalisha was intercepted in Kaduna.

“In Abuja, four persons were arrested over 345.4kg cannabis seizures in the FCT.

“Three of them were arrested at Jabi Park on Monday, July 18 with 77.7kg of Indian hemp, while a fourth was arrested with 267.7kg of the drug at DeiDei area on Saturday, July 23.

“In Sokoto, a suspect was arrested with 20,100 tablets of Rohypnol inside a commercial bus coming travelling from Onitsha, Anambra,’’ he stated.

Babafemi added that bottles of Codeine Syrup weighing 15.2kg and 400grams of Rohypnol tablets were recovered from the same vehicle.

“In Anambra, a suspect was arrested with 76 cups of Arizona, 172 sachets of skunk, 82 pinches of methamphetamine, 20 sachets of “Loud’’ and 10 wraps of Colorado when his base, Loren Hostel, Ifite, Awka, was raided by operatives on July 21,’’ he added.


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