LAGOS — The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, says it has arrested a 39-year-old man, who imported 7.45kg of cocaine valued at N82 million.
Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, the agency’s spokesman, who made this known in a statement yesterday, said that the suspect was intercepted at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
Ofoyeju said the discovery was made on October 12 “during inward screening of passengers on-board an Ethiopian Airline flight from Brazil.
“The drug, which was industrially concealed inside food flasks and kitchen utensils, tested positive to cocaine and weighed 7.45kg.
“It is estimated to cost N82 million. It is the single largest seizure recorded at the Abuja Airport since January.’’
Ofoyeju said investigations into the case had commenced, adding that the agency’s Operation End of Year Screening made the discovery possible.
He said: “The agency is prepared to counter the tricks of drug traffickers. As the year is coming to an end, we have launched Operation End of Year Screening.
“This is targeted at preventing drug cartels from carrying out their criminal acts this season.”
The spokesman said that the suspect would soon be charged to court.