…While NDLEA catches three dealers with 256 kg of drugs in Kwara, Kogi, Niger
Agents from the National Drug Control Agency intercepted a returnee from Brazil, Agbasi Prosper, with 105 packets of cocaine concealed in candy at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State, on Christmas Day.
The suspect was arrested in MMIA arrival hall ‘D’ during passenger clearance from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha on Qatar Airways on Monday, December 25, 2022, following credible intelligence.
According to a statement from NDLEA spokesperson Femi Babafemi, an initial search of the suspect’s two checked bags almost made him a free man, as nothing incriminating was found there until NDLEA officers took a second look at it. duty free shops. nylon bags containing packets of candy that he held in his hands.
Babafemi noted that a thorough examination of the duty-free shopping bags revealed that the candy packets inside were actually used to conceal 105 packets of cocaine weighing 2.8 kilograms and 43 grams of cannabis.
He said: “Preliminary testing carried out on a plastic bottle of body lotion also found in the suspect’s possession also tested positive for cocaine with a total weight of 472 grams. Married to a Brazilian woman with a daughter, Prosper, who claimed to be in the clothing business in Brazil, hoped to sell the drug in Enugu, his state.
“Meanwhile, three other traffickers were arrested by operatives with a total of 256 kilograms of illicit substances seized during interdiction operations in Kwara, Kogi and Niger states last week.
“While a team of NDLEA officers on stop and search duty along the Ilorin-Jebba highway on Monday December 26 arrested a suspect, Idris Saeed, 19, with 60 blocks of compressed Cannabis Sativa containing weighed 30 kg, their colleagues in the state of Niger in a similar operation along the Jebba-Mokwa highway also recovered 240 blocks of the same substance weighing 168 kg, from multicolored sacks loaded onto a Peugeot J5 bus, with registration MAG 146 XA, coming from Lagos and bound for Kano for delivery.
“In Kogi State, NDLEA officers also intercepted a truck coming from Onitsha, Anambra State to Maiduguri, Borno along the Okene-Abuja highway, where 9,900 pentazocine injection vials (42 kg) were recovered. on Saturday December 24. Along the same lines, a suspect, 20-year-old Ibrahim Jibril, was arrested on the same route with 40 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 16 kg coming from Lagos to Jigawa on a Toyota Hiace commercial bus on Tuesday, December 27.