Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted 101 parcels of Cocaine concealed in eight children’s duvets at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos.
The illicit drug was brought into the country by a 52-year-old Brazilian returnee, Akudirinwa Hilary Uchenna who hails from Oru East Local Government area of Imo State.
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Spokesman of the aency, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that the suspect was arrested on Saturday 9th April at the D-Arrival Hall of the Lagos airport upon his return from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha aboard Qatar Airline flight.
The 101 parcels of the class A drug with a gross weight of 13.2kgs were recovered from his only check-in bag.
“During preliminary interview, Uchenna who claimed to be a carpenter confessed that he was to be paid N5m for trafficking the drug after successfully delivering the consignment in Lagos,” Babafemi said.
In a related development, big pellets of skunk concealed in detergent containers have been intercepted at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu.
A 37-year-old South African returnee, Ezekwesili Afamefune brought in the consignment weighing 730grams aboard Ethiopian Airline flight from Johannesburg, South Africa via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.