“I thought it was vegetable”: NDLEA arrest woman with cannabis at MMA

by Jewel Stephens

A 37-year-old woman, Ezeh Ifeoma Maureen, has been apprehended at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, after finding substances suspected to be cannabis in her possession.

The mother of three was arrested while attempting to smuggle 6.200 kilogrammes of dried weeds that tested positive for cannabis, during outward screening of China-bound Ethiopian Airlines’ passengers.

Mr. Hamza Umar, the agency’s Airport Commander, said the suspect told the officers that her bags contained vegetables and foodstuff.

“She declared the content of her bags as vegetables and foodstuff, but during a search, the vegetables turned out to be cannabis weighing 6.200 kilogrammes. The drug was packed in two parcels.”

However, the suspect said she did not know she was carrying cannabis until her arrest.

“I am a business woman; I sell women’s clothes at the Onitsha main market. I usually export foodstuff to China and import female dresses to Nigeria. One of my customers in China called to tell me that his brother would give me two parcels of vegetables to bring to him. I collected the parcels at the airport from the boy. Unfortunately, when they tested them, I was told that they contained cannabis.”

Meanwhile, Ahmadu Giade, the NDLEA boss, advised the public to avoid trafficking of drugs.

He said, “This mother of three children would have been killed in China for drug trafficking if she was not apprehended here. It is important for the public to learn from her experience and shun drug trafficking.”

He added that the suspect will be charged to court for unlawful possession of, and attempt to export cannabis.

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