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50-yr-old suspected drug trafficker dies in NDLEA custody

By jimoh babatunde & DANIEL ETEGHE
A 50 years old suspected drug trafficker, Offiah Gozie Vincent, has been reported dead during the process of excreting 72 wraps of narcotics he allegedly ingested.

The late suspect, described as an importer was nabbed by operatives of the NDLEA at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos last Sunday in connection with unlawful exportation of narcotics. Expressing regret over his death, the Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade said Vincent tested positive to drug ingestion with the aid of scanning machine at the central screening section during the outward clearance of passengers on a flight to Korea.

The NDLEA boss in a statement  signed  by the head of Public Affairs , Ofoyeju Mitchell , said the late suspect excreted 72 wraps of substances that tested positive for methamphetamine weighing 1.115kg.

“ In a post mortem examination carried out on the corpse Friday afternoon February 18, 2011 in a Lagos hospital, 43 additional wraps that got stuck were recovered from his stomach.

“This brought the total wraps ingested to 115. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had bought the drugs he ingested with the intention of selling when he gets to Korea unlike others who smuggle drugs for a fee. “

The late suspect  was said to be a professional courier for ingesting 115 wraps and having $10,000 cash on him.

Offiah, who hailed from Anambra state,  was said to have been very aggressive shortly after his arrest. “He claimed to have invested his last savings in the illicit drug trade with the hope of buying more goods.

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