NDLEA intercepts cocaine, skunk consignments from Brazil, Canada

NDLEA intercepts cocaine, skunk consignments from Brazil, Canada

By Ibironke Ariyo, Abuja.


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has thwarted efforts to bring 126.95 kilograms of cocaine and skunk into Nigeria by drug cartels.


NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that the drugs were concealed in herbal tea packs and in vehicles imported from Brazil and Canada.


He said that the consignments were intercepted at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and at the Tincan Port in Lagos.


He said that an Ethiopian Airlines passenger, Eze Ikenna, 42, returning from Brazil through Addis Ababa, was intercepted at the Enugu airport on Jan. 20.


“A search of his two bags revealed 19 big sachets, which he claimed to contain herbal tea, but were later found to be cocaine weighing 16.2 kilograms,’’ he said.


Besides, Babafemi said that NDLEA operatives attached to Tincan Port, Lagos, also intercepted a container marked TCLU 7799237 from Montreal, Canada, at Sifax Okota Bonded Terminal.


He said that the container, which was seized on Jan. 18, had 110.75 kilograms of hemp in it.


He said that it was concealed in two of the four vehicles in the container: a 2011 Toyota Sienna and a 2011 Honda Pilot SUV.


Babafemi quoted the NDLEA Chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the officers involved in the operations and charging them to remain focused on winning the war against substance abuse and drug trafficking.

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