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Published On: Tue, Feb 26th, 2013

I Saw Hell Swallowing 20 Wraps of Hard Drug- Suspected Drug Trafficker

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By Oghenekevwe Laba
A 36 year old suspected drug trafficker, Akpata Martin Chukwudi, who was given 800 dollars for ingesting 20 wraps of cocaine narrated his ordeal in the hands of his sponsors, saying he saw hell while swallowing 20 wraps of hard drug out of the 100 wraps giving to him to swallow by his sponsor in Brazil.
A statement signed by Ofoyeju Mitchell, Head Public Affairs of NDLEA made available to Urhobo disclosed that the suspect ingested the drug in Brazil and was apprehended at the Lagos Airport, adding that he tested positive to drug ingestion during the inward
screening of passengers on Qatar Airline flight. While he was on observation, the suspect, according to the statement allegedly excreted 20 wraps of cocaine weighing 350 grammes, adding that the during interrogation the suspect owned up to the crime.
“I saw hell trying to ingest the drugs in Brazil. They brought about 100 wraps but I was only able to ingest 20. They were angry and disappointed but the more I force myself the more difficult it was for me to swallow. Eventually, they gave me 800 dollars in anger instead of 5,000 dollars. I actually decided to smuggle drugs because I needed money to settle my mother’s hospital bill”.
Akpata is single and hails from Olo in Enugu State. He attended Central Primary School Olo. According to NDLEA Lagos Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, “investigation revealed that Akpata left Nigeria to Venezuela where he lived for several months before he relocated to Brazil since January 2012. He was apprehended at the arrival hall of the airport when he tested positive to drug ingestion.
In another development, 22 years old Nigerian who lives in Thailand said that he invested seven hundred and fifty thousand (750,000) naira into drug trafficking. The suspect Ilechukwu Ejikonye Jude was apprehended with 1.295kg of substances found to be methamphetamine on his way to Thailand. The drug was hidden inside his luggage and was detected during the screening of passengers on Ethiopian Airline flight at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Mr Hamza Umar said that the drug was carefully hidden in the suspects’ luggage. “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.
According to Ilechukwu, he was lured into the drug deal by a friend he met in Thailand. In his words, “I am a business man. I relocated to Thailand last year where I buy goods and send to Nigeria. It was in Thailand that I met a man who introduced me into drug business. He gave my number to his partner in Lagos who lodged me in a hotel. They made me to contribute 750,000 naira as my contribution and promised me a handsome reward on arrival in Thailand. My focus was on the profit that will accrue to me, it was when I was arrested that I realised I had made a big mistake”. Ilechukwu attended Okija Community primary School and Okija Grammar School before he started business.

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