NDLEA arrests 19-yr-old student attempting to export drug

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Abuja, July 16, 2023 – The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 19-year-old student, Nnamani Daberechi, for attempting to export 7.2 kilogrammes of a drug, methamphetamine, concealed in a crayfish sack.

Femi Babafemi, its Director of Media and Advocacy, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said the suspect was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. on his way to Europe.

He said the suspect was intercepted on Friday, July 14, during an outward clearance of passengers on Turkish Airlines flight TK 0624.

“While being interviewed by operatives, Daberechi claimed he was a student going to Cyprus for studies.

”But upon a thorough search of his luggage, he was found in possession of 7.2kg of whitish substance neatly concealed inside a sack of crayfish.

“A field test of the substance, however, proved positive for Methamphetamine, ” he said.

Similarly, operatives of the Tincan Port Command of the agency on 11 July intercepted a 116.5kg consignment of Colorado.

Babafemi, who described the drug as a strong strain of cannabis, was concealed in bags hidden in a heap of used vehicle parts.

This, he said, was on the floor of a container marked FCIU 8459700, bearing three units of used vehicles imported from Toronto, Canada.

“Based on intelligence, the agency had requested a 100 per cent examination of the container, which arrived at the TICT terminal of the port on 14 June

“A joint examination with the Nigeria Customs, DSS and other stakeholders on Tuesday, 11 July, led to the discovery of 233 parcels of the illicit substance.

“It was stashed inside travelling bags on the floor of the container, covered with used vehicle spare parts. (GBN)

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