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Drug peddler suspect arrested by NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday arrested a drug suspect with 1.295 kilogrammes of methamphetamine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight on his way to Thailand.

Mr. Ilechukwu Ejikonye, the 22-year-old suspect, who claimed to have invested about N750, 000 into drug trafficking was apprehended by officers of the anti-narcotic agency who detected the drugs during the outward screening of passengers. Speaking on the arrest, NDLEA Commander at the Airport, Mr Hamza Umar said that the drug was carefully hidden in the suspects’ luggage in a bid to beat officers of the agency.

“Like several factory modes of drug concealment, we had to practically cut the bag open to detect the drugs. Ordinarily when you open the bag you will not see the drug. We found two brown parcels of drugs weighing 1.295kg” Hamza stated. He further noted that the agency has also apprehended a 36 years old suspect, Mr. Akpata Martin Chukwudi who ingested twenty wraps of cocaine on his way from Brazil.

According to Hamza, the suspect was arrested upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos when he tested positive to drug ingestion during the inward screening of passengers on Qatar Airline flight adding that the suspect excreted twenty wraps of cocaine weighting about 350 grammes while he was kept on observation.

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