NDLEA arrests businessman with 1kg of cocaine concealed in check-in bags, slippers
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have recovered 36 wraps of cocaine concealed in different parts of a drug suspect, and self acclaimed businessman, Molokwu Nwachukwu’s check-in bags, hand luggage and two pairs of slippers, while heading to South-East Asia.
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In a statement issued on Sunday, March 26 by Mr Femi Babafemi, spokesperson of the NDLEA and obtained by Neptune Prime, Nwachukwu, a regular traveller to China, Dubai, Pakistan, and Vietnam was arrested on Wednesday, March 22, at the screening point of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Terminal 2, Ikeja, Lagos.
No fewer than 36 parcels of whitish powdery substance which tested positive to cocaine with a gross weight of 1kg were recovered from the handles of his bags and soles of two pairs of slippers in his luggage, during the search, according to Mr Babafemi.
“A total of 36 parcels of whitish powdery substance that tested positive to Cocaine with a gross weight of 1kg were recovered from the handles of his bags and soles of two pairs of slippers in his luggage,” he said.
“The suspect claimed that he travelled frequently to China, Dubai, Pakistan and Vietnam, from where he imported baby wears he distributed from his Onitsha, Anambra State base.”
Similarly, the operatives at the airport thwarted an attempt by a suspect, Chimezie Nwafor to export 2.10kg of methamphetamine concealed in 25 bars of local black soap called Dudu Osun and packaged in a carton to be exported to Brazil.
Meanwhile, follow up operations exposed three other suspects, Ifeanyi Onu, Simon Nwuzor and Omini Peter, who were linked to the consignment and were arrested at Oyingbo market, Yaba, Lagos.
Also, a suspect, Onyeze Obiora, was arrested in connection with the seizure of a cocaine consignment consisting 300g of raw cocaine and 200g of phenacetin, a chemical agent used to adulterate and increase the volume of cocaine, concealed in packs of air freshener, going to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Another bid by an intending passenger, Osasere MacDonald, attempting to export 500g of Tramadol 225mg concealed inside a carton of Indomie noodles to Reggio, Italy, on Tuesday, March 21, was equally frustrated by the NDLEA operatives who seized the drugs and arrested him.