By DANIEL ETEGHE
LAGOS— Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, made a major seizure of 16 kilogrammes of high grade heroin worth about N160 million by a suspected drug syndicate at the National Aviation Handling Company, NAHCO, shed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The drugs were packed in white transparent polythene hidden inside metal pipes. The drugs, which were industrially- packed, were brought as cargo on a KLM flight from Republic of Iran.
Speaking on the seizure, Chief Executive of NDLEA, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, confirmed that the agency was able to detect the drugs because of the alert given by its sniffer dogs, adding that it was a major seizure that was recorded by the agency so far this year.
He stressed that the drugs were abandoned by the syndicate at the Nacho shed, pointing out that with the seizure, it meant that drug trafficking syndicates were losing out on the drug war.
“This is another important seizure to the Agency and the country. It points to the fact that our control measures at the exit and entry points are getting better by the day. No doubt, it is a huge loss for the drug cartel behind the illegal shipment. This is a very successful operation and we have launched full scale investigation into the illegal import. We hope to unveil the culprits soonest,” Giade said.