Monday, 3 September 2012

Lagos airport now hub of crafty drug peddlers

SINCE the beginning of
this year, 2012, drug
trafficking and
smuggling have taken
a sophisticated
dimension at the
Murtala Muhammed
International Airport,
Lagos, despite effort of
the National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency,
NDLEA, to nip the illicit
business in the bud.
Cunning dealers in
narcotics have also
devised new ways of
concealing and
smuggling hard drugs
out of the country.
The trend has gone
beyond suspected drug
dealers swallowing
hard drugs like cocaine.
The sophisticated
methods of smuggling
hard drugs in and out
of Nigeria has changed
drastically from hiding
drugs in hand luggage,
baggage or sandals to
a hi-tech method of
importing liquid
cocaine perfectly
concealed and neatly
ingested and wrapped
inside male condoms,
liquid cocaine well
packaged as wine in
well designed bottles
as red wine, liquid
cocaine concealed as
ice cream to recent
times when a widow
suspect was arrested
for hiding 66 wraps of
hard drugs in her
private part as well as
concealing cocaine in
metal pipes.
Other sophisticated
methods of concealing
hard drugs include
using spare parts,
hiding hard drugs in
hair wig, in brassieres,
concealing hard drugs
in big tomato puree
and other food items,
hiding the drug in
handles of suitcase
amongst others.
The recent arrest by
the operatives of the
anti-narcotic agency
was that of an auto-
technician Mr. Vincent
Chegini Chinweuwa
over the weekend for
allegedly smuggling
about
2.655kilogrammes of
cocaine tactically
concealed inside
roasted chicken at the
Murtala Muhammed
International Airport,
Lagos.
Since the beginning of
2012 suspects arrested
at the Murtala
Muhammed
International Airport,
Lagos for smuggling
drugs in and out of the
country in various
sophisticated methods
and concealment
include a 32 years old
man, Mr. Patrick
Chukwuemeka who
packaged
7.1kilogrammes of
liquid cocaine as wine
worth N63.9million on
an Emirate flight from
Brazil.
Other suspects also
arrested were two
Nigerians, Christian
Chidi Ejimbe and
Innocent Oluchukwu
Egbo who were found
to have ingested liquid
cocaine neatly
wrapped inside male
condoms on their way
from Venezuela with
Emergency Travel
Certificate aboard
South Africa Airline
flight.
Another suspect
arrested was that of
the 50 years old
unrepentant drug
trafficker, Mr. Martin
Ikechukwu who
perfectly concealed
9.500kilogrammes of
cocaine in creamy form
like ice cream and was
being smuggled into
the country in four
coolers down to the
arrest of a 26 years old
man, Mr. Afunaya
Thaddeus Izunna who
sells phone accessories
in Ikeja with
8.5kilogrammes of
methamphetamine
tactically concealed
inside metal pipes
before the recent arrest
of Mr. Vincent Chegini
Chinweuwa over the
weekend for allegedly
smuggling about
2.655kilogrammes of
cocaine tactically
concealed inside
roasted chicken.

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