Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, has foiled the activities of a drug syndicate that operates between Nigeria, East Africa, and Europe, with the arrest of two suspected members of the cartel.
Operatives at the Lagos airport had on Monday 13th March intercepted a suspected member of the drug syndicate, Ejezie Vitus Ifeanyi, during screening of inward passengers on Ethiopian Airline flight from Malawi via Addis Ababa at the arrival hall.
According to the spokesman NDLEA, Femi Babafemi in a statement says, when a search was conducted on the suspect, it was discovered that one of his two bags has a false bottom concealment.
During preliminary interview of the suspect, he confessed that a member of the syndicate was waiting at the airport carpark to pick him.
He said, an immediate follow up operation led to the arrest of Chukwu Franco Bright, who was waiting in a grey colour Mercedes Benz C180 coupe, marked EKY 973 GQ to receive the drug consignment.
After his arrest, a proper search of the bag was conducted before the two suspects leading to the recovery of 3.00 kilograms of heroin.
Also in the statement, at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company SAHCO export shed of the MMIA on Wednesday 15th March NDLEA operatives intercepted a jerrycan of palm oil going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
At the point of examination, it was discovered that 600 grams of cannabis sativa were concealed inside the jerrycan of palm oil.
A suspect, Tunde Ogunbowale who presented the consignment for export to Dubai was immediately arrested.
This is just as another attempt to export 2.7kg cannabis packaged as part of dried onions to Dubai through a postal service firm was frustrated by NDLEA officers attached to the courier company, who seized a carton filled with colourful sachets of dried onions, used to conceal the illicit consignment.