Brazilian Returnee Excretes 92 Wraps of Cocaine at Abuja Airport

As NDLEA intercepts US-bound Meth consignments, Akuskura going to Saudi

*Arrests pregnant female drug dealer in Edo City

September 11, 2022

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, attached to the Murtala Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja, have arrested a 53 year-old Brazilian returnee and father of two, Okolie Paulinus Nwabueze, for importing ninety two wraps of cocaine, which he ingested to beat security checks. He has however, excreted the wraps at the agency’s facility after days under observation.

This development was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen by NDLEA’s directory of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday.
According to the statement, Nwabueze, a native of Mmaku village, Awgu council area of Enugu state, was picked up on Friday, September 2, upon his arrival on Qatar Airline’s Brazil-Doha-Abuja flight.
Nwabueze claimed to have left Nigeria to Mozambique in 2004 and finally relocated to Brazil in 2017, where he obtained a residence permit before deciding to import the illicit substance for a $4,000 fee.

No fewer one million, ninety-nine thousand tablets of Tramadol 225mg have been intercepted at the same MMIA Airport through inter-agency collaboration between NDLEA and the Nigerian Customs..

Packed in 50 cartons, weighing 2,058.90kg, the pharmaceutical opioids, concealed among other non-controlled pharmaceuticals, were imported from Pakistan via Addis-Ababa on Ethiopian Airways.
Similarly, a freight agent, Aliyu Abubakar was on Friday, September 9, arrested at the NAHCO export shed of the airport over attempt to export a consignment of cannabis concealed inside bottles of Caro white body lotion.

Anti-narcotics attached to some courier companies in Lagos also thwarted attempts by drug cartels to export 7.805kg of crystal methamphetamine to the United States and Australia. The meth consignments were concealed in the linings of local fabric, wooden statutes, printer cartridges, handle of travel bag and cassava flakes.

Meanwhile, NDLEA agents have arrested another drug dealer, 42-year-old man, Aliyu Bello Kwasare, at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, Kano. He was nabbed for attempting to export a consignment of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, to Saudi Arabia.

Kwasare, said to be from Kware council area of Kano state lives in Goron Dutse area of Kano, was arrested on Monday, September 5, during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airline flight to Riyadh.

A 25-year-old pregnant woman, Haruna Favour, was arrested by anti-narcotics in Auchi, Edo state on Friday, September 9, with 82 pinches of methamphetamine as well as various quantities of Loud, Arizona, Colorado variants of cannabis and codeine based cough syrup.

In Gombe, One Hundred and Nineteen Thousand tablets and capsules of tramadol, D5 and Exol5 were recovered from two drug dealers, Nasiru Abubakar, 22, and Umaru Bayero, a.k.a Hadiza, when NDLEA operatives raided their stores at the Gombe main market on Tuesday, September 6.

In Kogi, a suspect, Paul Ali, 47, was arrested along Okene-Abuja highway with 1,404 bottles of Codeine based syrup weighing 190.94kg and 2,040 ampoules of pentazocine injection coming from Onitsha to Sokoto. A follow up operation in Sokoto on Tuesday, September 6, led to the arrest of the receiver of the consignment .

A raid at the cannabis plantation camp in Emure forest, Owo council area of Ondo state, has led to the arrest of Monday Onoja, 20, Daniel Kehinde, 25, and Obinna Okechukwu, 35, where sixteen bags of the illicit substance, weighing 179.5kg, were seized from them.

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