The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has discovered 193 wraps of cocaine inside packs of sweets at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
The NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr. Ahmadu Garba, who made this known yesterday, stated that the whitish substance concealed in sweets tested positive to cocaine and weighed 3.230kgs.
He explained that anti-narcotics officials discovered the drugs in the luggage of a 24 year-old female passenger from Dubai, United Arab Emirates and that a suspected member of the drug cartel was also arrested.
Ahmadu said that the suspect, who hails from Edo State was found in possession of the drug while a suspected member of the drug cartel in Lagos was successfully traced and apprehended.
“One Igbainoba Uche Rose who concealed 3.230kgs inside sweets was apprehended at the arrival hall during inward screening of passengers. A suspected member of the cartel, Ofor Kamsochukwu Chimezie was arrested on a follow-up operation. The suspects are being investigated” Ahmadu stated.
NDLEA informed that during interrogation, Rose told the anti drug investigators that she works as a clerical officer after her secondary school.
“I work as a clerical staff after I completed my primary school because there was no money to further my studies. I have suffered hardship in life but a man offered to assist me establish my personal business. He promised to pay me half a million naira. This was how I got involved in this problem” Rose stated.
Chief Executive of NDLEA, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah warned drug traffickers to desist from their criminal acts.
According to him, “Drug criminals should shun their unlawful act because the Agency has perfected strategies to detect narcotics notwithstanding how cleverly they were concealed. Recent drug seizures clearly reflect the reformation of the NDLEA as an intelligence-led organization. We are determined to trace major traffickers behind the scene and prosecute the barons”.
The NDLEA Chairman assured Nigerians that no drug trafficker will go unpunished.
In his words, “we are working hard to perfect the practice of aggressive follow-up on every case from the first to the last person behind every case of drug trafficking. Drug barons shall have no escape route. This way, drug trafficking will either be drastically reduced or completely eliminated from our society”.