by Oge Okonkwo
A 39-year-old man has been arrested by the Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for importing 7.45kg of cocaine valued N82 million which were concealed in food flasks and kitchen utensils.
According to reports, the agency’s spokesman, Mitchell Ofoyeju, in a statement made on Tuesday said the suspect was intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
Mr Ofoyeju also said the discovery was made on October 12 during inward screening of passengers on-board an Ethiopian Airline flight from Brazil.
PM News reports:
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“The drug, which was industrially concealed inside food flasks and kitchen utensils, tested positive to cocaine and weighed 7.45kg.
“It is estimated to cost N82 million. It is the single largest seizure recorded at the Abuja Airport since January.’’
Ofoyeju said investigations into the case had commenced, adding that the agency’s ‘Operation End of Year Screening’ made the discovery possible.
“The agency is prepared to counter the tricks of drug traffickers.
“As the year is coming to an end, we have launched ‘Operation End of Year Screening’.
“This is targeted at preventing drug cartels from carrying out their criminal acts this season,’’ he said.
The spokesman said that the suspect would soon be charged to court.