NDLEA apprehends Brazil returnee with cocaine, other substances

NDLEA apprehends Brazil returnee with cocaine, other substances

By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted parcels of cocaine concealed in different parts of a travel bag brought into Nigeria by a Brazil returnee, Charles Uchemadu.


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


Babafemi said that the suspect, who was returning from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Doha on a Qatar Airways flight, was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos,


He said that Uchemadu was arrested on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Lagos airport during the inward clearance of passengers on the Qatar airways flight.


He said that the arrest followed the discovery of three parcels of cocaine, weighing 2.70 kilograms, factory-sealed in parts of his travel bag.


Besides, Babafemi said that NDLEA operatives equally intercepted cans of powdered milk, baby food and beverages, used to conceal 3.4 kilograms of cannabis, going to Dubai, UAE.


He said that an arrest was made at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc. (SAHCO) export shed of MMIA on the same day


“A freight agent, Ewelike Chibuike Cyril, who presented the consignment for export was subsequently arrested,” he said.


Similarly, parcels of cannabis weighing 6.30 kilograms concealed in sound systems (speakers) going to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, through the SAHCO export shed of the airport were also seized on Thursday, Dec. 8.


Bababfemi said that NDLEA operatives who initially arrested a freight agent, Joseph Obiji, involved also nabbed another agent, Mbanu Ifeanyi.


He said that this was in a follow-up operation at ASPAMDA market, Trade Fair complex in the Ojo area of Lagos on Friday, Dec. 9.


Also, no fewer than 15 drug dealers, including two females, were arrested with 1,400 kilogramss of cannabis sativa, among other illicit substances.


Babafemi said that the suspects were arrested at Akala, a notorious drug hub in Mushin, Lagos, with heroin, methamphetamine and 320 bottles of codeine syrup during a raid of the area on Friday, Dec. 9.


He said that another raid of the popular Idumota business district of the Lagos Island on Saturday, Dec. 10, led to the seizure of 35,014 pills of tramadol.


He added that the seized items included diazepam, rohypnol and 21.2 litres of codeine syrup, while a targeted notorious dealer was still on the run.


“This is even as officers of the Directorate of Seaports Operations of the agency arrested a Malian, Dembele Ousmane, on Monday, Dec. 5, with 32,400 capsules of tramadol 225mg.


“They were concealed in factory-packed buckets of custard, while Ousmane was attempting to travel to Mali via boat at the Ebute-Ero Jetty in Lagos,” he said.

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