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NDLEA arrests 4 drug traffickers

02 August 2013, 12:04

Lagos - The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested four suspected drug traffickers recovering 12.455kg of cocaine value at about N137 million at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA).

The Spokesman of the agency, Mitchell Ofoyeju, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Friday.

According to him, the operatives also discovered 5.9kg cocaine abandoned inside industrial equipment.

Ofoyeju said that the abandoned drugs were discovered at the MMIA, Lagos, hidden inside flasks packed with baby items.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that, on July18, the NDLEA also recovered 5.6kg of cocaine abandoned at the same MMIA, Lagos by an unknown trafficker.

Ofoyeju said that the consignment originated from Panama, Central America on board a KLM flight.

He said that the abandoned cocaine and other arrests had shown that drug traffickers were having difficulties bringing in their drugs into the country.

“No drug cartel will abandon drugs knowing how much the drugs cost.

"Narcotics are very expensive and for drug traffickers to abandon their drugs shows the level of security alertness at the nation’s entry points.

"The two abandoned cocaine seizures came from Panama. Both shipments are being investigated, we hope to get those that are behind the importation,” he said.

The spokesman said that the suspects arrested were between the ages of 26 and 35, adding that the suspects were currently undergoing investigation by anti-narcotic investigators.

"The suspects will be charged to court soon,’’ Ofoyeju added.

 - NAN

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