NDLEA Arrest Shoe Seller Who Hide 10 Wraps of Cocaine in Jacket Collar
LAGOS SEPTEMBER 25TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have discovered wraps of narcotics in the collar of a passengers’ jacket at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The discovery was made shortly after the suspect, Agwu Samuel, disembarked from the aircraft on his way from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
This is the first discovery of cocaine inside the collar of a jacket by the NDLEA.
Samuel, who sells shoes in Togo, revealed in his statement that he went to Brazil in search of greener pastures but resorted to drug trafficking due to frustration.
According to the suspect: “I use to sell shoes in Togo until I lost goods worth N3 million.
“This negatively affected my business and made me to travel to Brazil in a desperate search for greener pastures.
“After a fruitless search for job in Brazil for four months, I decided to smuggle drugs to get some money to start my shoe business.
“I thought the drugs will not be detected inside my jacket but I was caught and I am very sad.”
Samuel attended Technical Secondary School in Ohafia, Abia State.
He will soon be charged to court.
In his reaction, the Chairman of the NDLEA, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, described the suspect’s action as desperately crafty and cunning.
According to Abdallah: “The cocaine was detected by officers notwithstanding the crafty and cunning mode of concealment.
“The Agency has taken some strategic measures aimed at disappointing the tricks employed drug trafficking syndicates.
“We remain committed to exposing criminal plots through superior counter-narcotic intelligence.
“This operational success is commendable and a demonstration of our alertness to detect drugs.”
Abdallahh said the Agency will continue to invest in capacity building programmes for officers.
The NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said the suspect was arrested during routine check on passengers.
Garba said: “Ten wraps of cocaine weighing 110 grammes were found inside the collar of his jacket during screening of passengers on a South Africa Airline flight from Brazil through Johannesburg.
“The drug, which was carefully hidden inside his jacket, tested positive for cocaine and investigation is ongoing.”