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442 Parcels Of Illicit Drug Found In Heads Of Smoked Fish


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A new dimension has been introduced to trans-national illicit drug trafficking with the discovery of 442 parcels of Crystal Methamphetamine concealed in heads of fishes packed in cartons for export to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates through the SAHCO shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.

The 11.90kg consignment was brought to the SAHCO export shed of the airport on Friday, August 5 by a freight agent, Adekunle Oluwapelumi Paul, aged 32, according to a statement on Sunday by Mr. Femi Babafemi, spokesperson for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

Paul, who hails from Yagba West LGA, Kogi State, who was promptly arrested by operatives of the anti-drug agency upon the discovery that the seven cartons he presented for export contained parcels of the dangerous drug wrapped with foil paper and concealed in the heads of hundreds of smoked catfish.

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Barely 24 hours after, another consignment containing 1.45kg cannabis concealed inside granulated melon and crayfish and packed among other food condiments going to Dubai, UAE was also intercepted by NDLEA operatives who arrested the freight agent, Ajisefini Lateef that presented the cargo for export at the SAHCO shed. The 39-year-old agent is from Abeokuta West LGA, Ogun State.

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In a related development, anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu have arrested a 50-year-old Mgbeobuna Victor Eberechukwu for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.

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He was arrested on Saturday, August 6 following his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight, Babafemi further disclosed.

Eberechukwu who hails from Idemili South LGA, Anambra state passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.

In Kaduna, three suspects identified as Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u and Abdulrazaq Mamman, were arrested in Zaria on Thursday, August 11 with 1,112,350 tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) weighing 38.3kg, just as a female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, 28, from Wurno council area of the state was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg in Kano.

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