by Ogunyemi Bukola
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Wednesday intercepted 3.9kg of cocaine stuffed into female handbags and folders brought into the country by 28-year-old Osunwa Chukwuejwu at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Chukwuejwu, who sells female hand bags and shoes at Bakasi Market in Aba, said he was contracted to bring the bags for a fee, and that he agreed to smuggle the drug because he needed money to enlarge his business.
NDLEA spokesperson said the drugs were discovered during an inward screening of Emirate Airline passengers from Brazil at the MMIA, stating that the bags and folders must have been factory-fitted with the drugs as the narcotics could only be revealed after the bags were slit open.
He revealed that Chukwuejwu became fidgety when he noticed the security officials at the arrival hall and was caught when he attempted to abandon his luggage and run.
When caught and interrogated, his luggage was searched and found to contain 3.860kg of a powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine.