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NDLEA intercepts cannabis juice at airport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA have intercepted bottled cannabis juice flown in from South Africa at Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos.

This is just as consignments of Colorado concealed in vehicles imported from Montreal, Canada meant for distribution ahead of the festive season were also intercepted at the Tincan seaport, Apapa.

Director Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi who disclosed this in a statement says, at least, 12 suspects including two dock workers and a wine shop businessman have so far been arrested in connection with the two seizures.

Explaining the seizures, he said, at the SAHCO import shed of the Lagos airport, the search of a consolidated cargo from South Africa led to the discovery of smuggled bottled Cannabis juice with a gross weight of 16.50kgs on Wednesday 21st December.

Investigations by anti-narcotics officers according him, subsequently led to the arrest of four freight agents: Soremekun Olalekan Wasiu; Olufisayo Dayo; Moruf Olusegun Bashir and Imole Moses Ajayi, whose statements eventually led to the arrest of the consignee, a wine shop business owner, Emebede Chuka, the following day Thursday 22nd Dec.

Also, an attempt to export quantities of cannabis and ecstasy pills also known as MDMA concealed in beverage drink, Bournvita, containers to Dubai, UAE, through the NAHCO export shed on Friday 23rd Dec was frustrated while a vulcaniser given the assignment for a fee of N4,000, Iyanda Ogunleye Yaya has been arrested.

In the same vein, a consignment of 185 parcels of cannabis Indica, popularly called Colorado weighing 61.3kgs have been seized during a joint examination of a container at the Tincan seaport, Lagos.

The container marked MSCU5206726 from Montreal, Canada was declared as containing three units of used vehicles but upon a 100% examination, it was found to contain two vehicles; a 2009 Toyota Corolla car and a 2009 Ford Econoline bus as well as used car engines, bicycles, shoes and other items including the drugs.

Two dock workers: Abdulquadri Abdulazeez and Ogbuji Kenneth are already in NDLEA custody in connection with the seizure following their initial arrest by the Port Security and the Police.

Reporter by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino