‘Pregnant’ woman delivers cocaine at Lagos airport

A ‘pregnant’ woman was delivered of a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Saturday, April 16 at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos

In a statement signed by Mitchell Ofoyeju, NDLEA spokesperson, the woman, a 41-year-old mother of 3, Dorothy Onyekas pretended to be pregnant but was instead carrying 86 pellets of white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

The statement said “The drug was intercepted during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The substance has a total weight of 1.720 kilogrammes with an estimated street value of N20.6 million.”

Ahmad Garba, NDLEA commander at Lagos airport had reportedly said the drugs on the woman could have been mistaken for pregnancy.

“It was discovered that the suspect kept 86 wraps of cocaine inside a waist bag which was tied to her stomach. `Unfortunately, the drug was detected by NDLEA officers on her arrival from Dubai. The drug was immediately packed and weighed in her presence.

“It had a gross weight of 1.720 kilogrammes,’’ Ahmadu stated.

Muhammad Abdallah, chairman of the agency applauded the increased spate of arrests and seizures at the airport and described it as a development that can cripple drug cartels.

“In the past few days, the NDLEA has recorded numerous arrests and drug seizures at the Lagos airport. The drug cartels have also suffered huge losses from these operations. This particular suspect feigned pregnancy with wraps of cocaine but she was caught by vigilant narcotic agents.”

“Some of the suspects recently apprehended concealed drugs in their socks and luggage while others ingested wraps of cocaine in disregard of the danger to their health.”

“In spite of their craftiness, we are daily stopping them from perpetrating their criminal act and forcing them to a retreat. “She will be charged to court soon.”

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