*As Agency Intercepts Consignments Going to Australia, China, Qatar, Ireland, Thailand
*Seizes 2,293kg Substances, Cash in Rivers, Ogun, Enugu Raids
Elvis Uche Iro, 53 and Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian, 42, nabbed by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja, for allegedly ingesting illicit drugs, have excreted a total of 165 wraps of cocaine.
The duo excreted the drugs while under observation in the Agency’s custody.
Iro, who is a father of four children and hails from Abiriba, Ohafia council area of Abia state, was arrested on Saturday, March 19, upon his arrival Abuja aboard Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis Ababa, for ingesting 65 pellets of cocaine, weighing 1.376kg.
During preliminary interview, he claimed he’s an interior decorator but had to go into drug trafficking because he needed money to start a coffee business, take care f his family and stock his newly acquired shop with curtain materials/accessories in Lagos. He said he would have been paid $1,000 on successful delivery of the drug in Abuja.
Another passenger on the same flight, 42-year-old Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian, who hails Ojoto, Idemili South council area of Anambra state, was also arrested on arrival for ingesting 100 pellets of cocaine with a total weight of 2.243kg. He claims he’s a businessman who deals in baby’s wears before venturing into drug trafficking.
During preliminary interview, Ikenna said he traveled to Addis Ababa on Thursday, March 17, to buy the drug for $10,000 and returned on Saturday, March 19, when he was arrested. He said he sold his land in his village and took loans from friends to be able to raise money to buy the drug.
Ikenna claims he had to go into drug to raise money for his business after being duped of $15,000 by his friend who lives in China.
In a related development, narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, have intercepted substantial quantities of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Cannabis sativa packaged for export to Australia, China, Qatar, Ireland and Thailand through some courier companies in Lagos.
While 2.9kg of Methamphetamine in packs of black soup and toner machine heading to Australia and Qatar was intercepted, 600grams of Cocaine concealed in school certificates and file folders going to Australia and Thailand were equally seized.
No less than 25.5kg cannabis concealed in packs of Dudu Osun soap and tins of palm fruit extracts (banga) heading to China and Ireland was also seized at a courier company in Lagos.
Meanwhile, 2,293.324kg of assorted illicit drugs and N791,100. 00 were recovered in major raids by operatives in Ogun, Rivers and Enugu states in the past one week.
In Rivers, operatives on Thursday, March 24, raided the notorious Abuja Water Front of Port Harcourt City, following information provided by arrested suspects, on their sources of supply.
A total of three suspects-Larry Samuel, Mark James and Happiness Joseph were arrested at the drug hub with 339.524kg of Cannabis Sativa, Methamphetamine and Tramadol seized and N791, 100.00 cash recovered from them while another drug dealer in the area, Uduak Paul Emmanuel, remains at large.
In Ogun, a 30-year-old lady, Peace Egidigbo, was arrested with 1863kg of Cannabis Sativa in Mowe, Obafemi/Owode council area, on Wednesday, March, 23, while no less than 150 blocks of cannabis, weighing 90.800kg, were seized from the cargo compartment of a bus owned by a transport company along Orji River, via Onitsha express road, Enugu state.