A 42yrs clearing agent, Daniel Unegbu, has been arrested in reference to eighty three.four kilogrammes of drug that examined constructive for ephedrine on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos State.
Unegbu was apprehended with two different suspects –Joseph Ettah, 28, and Vivid Wopara, 31 – by operatives of the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company on the airport.
We learnt that the drug, estimated at N4bn, was uncovered in synthetic hair often worn by females.
Our correspondent learnt that the drug, which was mentioned to be the biggest amount of ephedrine seized on the MMIA to date, was to be exported to South Africa.
A bag of heroin smuggled from Nairobi, Kenya, and hashish billed for trafficking to London, had been additionally mentioned to have been deserted on the airport.
The NDLEA Commander on the MMIA, Ahmadu Garba, stated a preliminary investigation confirmed that Unegbu helped the traffickers to hide the drug.
He mentioned, “Officers of the NDLEA on the departure corridor detected a bag and throughout the search, it was discovered to comprise substances that examined constructive for ephedrine, with a complete weight of eighty three.390kg. Up to now, three suspects apprehended are being interrogated to find out their stage of culpability. The parcels of ephedrine have been hid in synthetic hair.
“A preliminary investigation revealed that Unegbu, who works as a clearing agent, collected the baggage from his shopper and took it to the airport. Ettah and Wopara are the 2 baggage handlers who labored with him.”
The NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd.), mentioned the company had intensified narcotic screening on the airport to frustrate the completely different tips employed by drug traffickers.
“This finish of the 12 months counter-narcotic smuggling technique had prevented try by a suspected drug trafficking syndicate to export eighty three.390kg of ephedrine hidden in feminine hair attachment to South Africa.
“Ephedrine is a precursor ingredient used within the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The estimated road worth of the drug is about N4bn. NDLEA will proceed to withstand try by legal syndicates to compromise safety by strict regulation enforcement follow.
“Anti-narcotic brokers have been positioned on the alert and can stay vigilant to detect any act of sabotage. The case is underneath investigation and anybody discovered wanting shall be prosecuted according to the NDLEA Act,” Abdallah stated.
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