The dangerous stimulant was concealed for export to the UAE. Photo: Nosa Aituamen
Operatives of NDLEA, have uncovered no fewer than 442 parcels of Crystal Methamphetamine concealed in heads of fishes packed in cartons for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates through the the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
The 11.90kg consignment was brought to the SAHCO export shed of the airport on Friday, August 5, by a freight agent, Adekunle Oluwapelumi Paul, 32, who was promptly arrested upon the discovery that the seven cartons he presented for export contained parcels of the dangerous drug wrapped with foil paper and concealed in the heads of hundreds of smoked catfish.
The following day Saturday August 6, according to NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi in a statement another consignment containing 1.45kg cannabis concealed inside granulated melon and crayfish and packed among other food condiments going to Dubai was also intercepted and the freight agent, Ajisefini Lateef that presented the cargo for export at the SAHCO shed was arrested.
Meanwhile, anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu also arrested a 50-year-old Mgbeobuna Victor Eberechukwu for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.
He was arrested on Saturday August 6, following his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight.The suspect passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.
Giving a breakdown of other arrests across the country, Mr Babafemi said, in Kaduna, three suspects: Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u and Abdulrazaq Mamman, were arrested in Zaria on Thursday August 11, with 1,112,350 tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) weighing 38.3kg.
While in Kano, a female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, 28, from Wurno council area of the state was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg.
In Lagos, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 1,773.25kg cannabis sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas of the state in separate raid operations between August 9 and 10.
At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, 86 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43kg were recovered from a 40ft container during a joint examination with Customs and other security agencies.
The illegal consignment seized on Friday, August 12, came from Toronto via Montreal, Canada and concealed in two drums inside a Mercedes Benz SUV in the container.
While in Abia, two suspects: Nnanna Ijo, 58, and Orji Uguru, 29, were arrested on Friday, August 12 with various quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine at Nde-Agbai, Abiriba, a week after Nnanna was released from detention over a similar offence committed in June.
While commending the officers and men of MMIA, AIIA, Tincan, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Abia Commands of the Agency for the seizures and arrests, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Buba Marwa charged them and their compatriots across the country to always remain steps ahead of the drug cartels.
Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; editing by Muzha Kucha