by Azubuike Azikiwe
A South African football coach, Steven Darlugar, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for drug trafficking.
38-year-old Darlugar was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, during the screening of Arik Air passengers on board to South Africa.
Darlugar, who coaches a football team in South Africa, had neatly packaged the drugs weighing 1.54 kilogrammes in a compartment before the officials at the airport found him out.
The drugs tested positive for methamphetamine.
The suspect confessed that he started smuggling drugs to supplement his income, saying he stood to make as much as $6,000 if he had succeeded in carrying out the crime.
He said, “I am married with a child and have lived in South Africa for about a decade. I coach a team in South Africa. I have worked very hard to attain financial freedom, but have nothing in return. This is my first time of smuggling drugs. I was under financial pressure to cope with peers. A friend introduced me to drug trafficking as a way of making quick money. They promised to pay me $6,000 to take the bag containing the drugs to South Africa.”
Meanwhile, the NDLEA commander at the MMIA, Mr. Hamza Umar, confirmed the crime and gave details of the
He said, “Dalugar was apprehended on his way to South Africa. He was found in possession of 1.54kg of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine. The drug was concealed in a false compartment of the suspect’s luggage.”