Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two men with 191 pellets of heroin and cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by NDLEA through its Spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the two men excreted the drugs while under observation at the airport.
The incidents took place on April 10 and 16.
One of the suspects, Ezekiel Chibuzo, who arrived in Lagos from Brazil on board Qatar Airways, was arrested for drug ingestion on Friday, April 16, 2021.
“He has so far excreted 99 wraps of cocaine. This is just as officers at the export shed of the airport have seized 822.950kg of khat leaves heading for the UK and the US,” the statement read partly.
Four clearing agents had been arrested in connection with the April 10 seizure of substances, NDLEA said in the statement.
“On April 10, 2021, during the outward screening of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines to Italy, the NDLEA operatives at the 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 April 12, 2021, during the inbound examination of consignments on Ethiopian Airlines cargo flight from South Africa, operatives at the SAHCO import shed made a seizure of 11.550kg of heroin cleverly packed and concealed in cornflakes’ cartons.
“Four clearing agents are in custody in connection with the seizure.”
NDLEA Commander, Ahmadu Garba, stated that some arrests were made after one of the suspects provided some information.
“A sting operation was executed on the address provided by one of 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, April 17, 2021, where the person that came to take delivery was arrested,” Garba said.