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NDLEA uncovers cocaine in jewellery bag

13 October 2012, 14:23

Lagos - The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says it arrested an alleged drug suspect with 2.472 kilogramme of cocaine.

Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, the Head of Public Affairs of the agency said in a statement on Saturday that the suspect concealed the substance in a jewellery bag.

He said that he was arrested aboard a KLM flight from Brazil at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

Ofoyeju said that during a search, powdery substance which was positive to cocaine test was found in his bag of jewellery.

"It took several hours to extract the cocaine from the jewellery because of the complex method of concealment. This mode of concealment is strange.

"This is the first time of discovering drugs inside jewellery; the drugs were industrially packed in ear rings, buttons, necklaces, bangles as well as in female belts.

"We had to forcefully open them to recover the drugs; the entire quantity of cocaine found in the jewellery products weighed 2.472 kilogramme.

"One arrest has been made in connection with the seizure," the statement quoted Ofoyeju as saying.

He warned that although drug barons were becoming desperate, the agency was determined to frustrate their efforts.

"This seizure is yet an indication that drug traffickers can go to any length in hiding their drugs from law enforcement agents," he said.

Ofoyeju said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.


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