By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja
National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two drugs traffickers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos with 191 pellets of heroin and cocaine.
In a statement yesterday, the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi said one of the traffickers, Ezekiel Chibuzo who arrived Lagos on 16th April 2021 from Brazil on board Qatar airline, after his arrest tested positive for drugs ingestion; and he excreted 99 wraps of Cocaine when placed under excretion observation.
Babafemi said the second trafficker, one Chukwudi Destiny was also intercepted on 10th April 2021 by NDLEA operatives during an outward screening of passengers on Ethiopian airline en-route Italy and was referred for scanning “He tested positive for drug ingestion; and when placed under excretion observation excreted 92 pellets of Heroin with a total weight of 1.300Kg”.
“This is coming barely two weeks after a Madrid, Spain-bound trafficker, Okonkwo Chimezie Henry, excreted 113 wraps of Cocaine after he was arrested at the MMIA, Lagos.
“This is just as our officers at export shed of the airport have seized 822.950kg of khat leaves heading to UK and US.
“Also on 12th April 2021, during the inbound examination of consignments on Ethiopian airline cargo flight from South Africa, operatives at SAHCO import shed made a seizure of 11.550kg of Heroin cleverly packed and concealed in corn flakes cartons. Four clearing agents are in custody in connection to the seizure,” the statement reads.
The statement further revealed that the commander, MMIA command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba said “A sting operation was executed on the address provided by one the suspects.
“In the process, a Congolese, Kayembe Kamba Mazepy was arrested. After his arrest, he mentioned another person who is to receive the parcel from him.
“On the strength of the information, another sting operation was conducted in the early hours of Saturday 17th April, 2021 where the person that came to take delivery was arrested.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa while reacting to the latest drug haul at the airport commended the officers and men of the MMIA Command for their commitment to the nation’s crusade against illicit drugs.
“While I commend the officers and men of our MMIA Command, let me again warn unrepentant barons and traffickers that the game is up for them because we’ll continue to disrupt their criminal trade as part of efforts to secure our country and protect the future of our youths,” Marwa said.