. The 834.5kg illicit drugs were headed for US, UK, others
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos State, has arrested two drug peddlers allegedly on the verge of transporting illicit drugs to the US, UK and other countries.
The suspects who were intercepted by NDLEA personnel were said to have excreted 191 pellets of heroin and cocaine while under observation.
Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, made this known in a statement on Sunday.
Babafemi said the suspects, Chukwudi Destiny and Ezekiel Chibuzo, were arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
Four clearing agents were also arrested in connection with 11.550kg of heroin found at the SAHCO import shed by NDLEA operatives.
The drugs were cleverly packed and concealed in corn flakes cartons, the statement indicated.
According to the statement, a sting operation was executed on the address provided by one the suspects and in the process, a Congolese, Kayembe Kamba Mazepy, was arrested.
It reads: “On 10th April 2021, during the outward screening of passengers on Ethiopian airline to Italy, NDLEA operatives at MMIA intercepted and referred one Chukwudi Destiny for scanning and the scan result proved positive to drug ingestion. Consequently, he was placed under excretion observation and in the process, he excreted 92 pellets of Heroin with a total weight of 1.300Kg.
“Also on 12th April 2021, during the inbound examination of consignments on Ethiopian airline cargo flight from South Africa, operatives at SAHCO import shed made a seizure of 11.550kg of Heroin cleverly packed and concealed in corn flakes cartons. Four clearing agents are in custody in connection to the seizure
“According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, a sting operation was executed on the address provided by one the suspects. In the process, a Congolese, Kayembe Kamba Mazepy was arrested. After his arrest, he mentioned another person who is to receive the parcel from him.
“On the strength of the information, another sting operation was conducted in the early hours of Saturday 17th April, 2021 where the person that came to take delivery was arrested.
“In the same vein, on Friday 16th of April, 2021, another trafficker, Ezekiel Chibuzo who arrived Lagos from Brazil on board Qatar airline was also arrested for drug ingestion. He has so far excreted 99 wraps of Cocaine. This is just as
officers at export shed of the airport have seized 822.950kg of khat leaves heading to UK and US.”