A 50-year-old businessman, Nwokolo Ifeanyi Anthony, has excreted 86 pellets of heroin weighing 1.330kilograms after he was arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
The Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday, November 5, 2023.
Babafemi disclosed that the businessman was arrested during the outward clearance of Air France flight AF 878 to Amsterdam, Netherlands via Paris, France at the boarding gate of the Abuja airport on Sunday, October 29.
The NDLEA spokesman noted that the suspect’s body was scanned, saying the result turned out to be positive for illicit drug ingestion.
“The suspect who travelled from Lagos to board the flight was subsequently kept under observation for some days during which he excreted a total of 86 pellets of heroin weighing 1.330kilograms,” he said.
Babafemi added that the NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) attached to courier firms on Monday, October 30, intercepted 22 parcels of cocaine concealed in the walls of a carton containing sewn local fabrics, popularly called Aso Oke, heading to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He stated that the NDLEA officers, on Friday, November 3, recovered a Toyota Sienna bus from a ditch at the Ajebo Area along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in Ogun State.
The NDLEA spokesperson disclosed that a search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 460kgs of cannabis, adding that a total of 116.5kgs of cannabis sativa belonging to a suspect at large were seized at Olagunju in the Mushin area of Lagos.
Commending the officers of the anti-drug agency for the arrests and seizures, the NDLEA Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), charged them and their compatriots across the country to remain focused as the agency expands its operations against drug cartels.
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