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NDLEA arrests 8 drug carriers in Lagos, Abuja with cocaine, tramadol other illicit drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it has arrested eight people over attempts to import hundreds of cocaine pellets into the country and export thousands of tramadol 255mg tablets.

The operatives of the agency said they arrest six men and two women who attempted to export the illicit drugs to Europe via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

In a statement by the anti-narcotics agency, Femi Babafemi said the streaks of arrests and seizures began on Sunday, July 17, when a 52-year-old father of three, Okwo Okechukwu, was arrested upon his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia via an Ethiopian airline flight at the Abuja airport for ingesting 76 pellets of cocaine.

Babafemi said during preliminary interrogation, Okechukwu said he was into selling women’s wigs and hair attachments before veering into the drug trade. Okechukwu excreted all the 76 wraps of the drug he swallowed while under observation at the NDLEA’s facility in Abuja.

In the same vein, another father of three, Lawrence Chijioke, 42, was arrested at the Abuja airport the same day in an operational synergy between NDLEA and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

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Chijioke was arrested during an inward clearance of an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa with 529 pellets of cocaine weighing 11.70 kilogrammes concealed in his bag.

In his statement to anti-narcotic officers, he claimed he was promised N2 million, which he planned to use to boost his business, upon the successful delivery of the cocaine consignment in Abuja.

Babafemi said the NDLEA operatives also last Saturday, arrested 29-year-old Onuorah Onyinye at the Enugu airport upon arrival on an Ethiopian airline flight from Addis Ababa.

During a search of her luggage, it was discovered that 2.192 kilogrammes of cocaine were concealed in two designer’s women handbags with false linings.

The spokesman also disclosed that attempts by drug traffickers to export different illicit drugs through the NAHCO export shed at the Lagos airport to Europe and United Arab Emirates (UAE) were also frustrated by officers and men of the agency.

He said operatives on Monday, July 18, intercepted some illicit substances concealed in a consolidated cargo going to Dubai, UAE, noting that apart from 24 parcels of Loud, a variant of cannabis, which is largely grown in the United States and Canada, 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.

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