Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA ) have discovered drugs concealed in vegetables and shoes soles. The drugs, compressed cannabis in vegetables and cocaine inside shoes soles, were said to have been discovered by narcotic agents at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA ), Enugu State. The suspects, in their statements, owned up to the crime . They claimed they needed money to take care of basic needs like house rents, school fees and feeding.
The NDLEA Commander at the Enugu airport , Mr . Adeofe Adeyemi , said the agency was working very hard to prevent all cases of illicit drug trafficking. He said: “The command arrested six suspected drug traffickers with 62 . 663 kg of narcotic drugs .
One of the suspects, Ibeh Nonso, 46 , who was going to China, swallowed 67 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.131 kg , while Izukanne Ikenna, 33 , going to Hong Kong, hid 982 grammes of cocaine inside the sole of his shoes.
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The only female among them, Kenechukwu Uchenna , 27 , was arrested on her way to Dubai with 11.7 kg of cannabis in dried bitter leaf vegetables . ” The commander mentioned other suspects as Agwu Kalu , 30 , who was found with 25 kg of cannabis in cartons and Okpara Chigozie , 43 , caught with 7.500 kg of cannabis in his bag. Kalu and Chigozie were both arrested on their way to China. Another suspect , Onyia Clinton , 26 , had 16 . 350 kg of cannabis in his luggage during screening of passengers to Doha.
According to NDLEA spokesman , Mitchel Ofoyeju , two of the suspects were found in possession of substances that tested positive for cocaine, while four others were caught with dried weeds of cannabis sativa . He said: “Three of the suspects going to China where drug trafficking is punishable by death were also saved from execution.
A total of 62 . 663 kg of drugs comprising 60 . 55 kg of cannabis and 2 . 113 kg of cocaine were seized. ” NDLEA Chairman, Col . Muhammad Abdallah (rtd . ), warned that those who seek to enrich themselves through drug trafficking shall be apprehended and prosecuted.
Abdallah called on members of the public to appreciate their dignity by taking qualitative drug- free decisions. He said: “NDLEA will continue to invest in public enlightenment to guide people in taking sound drug-free decisions. Life is precious and I urge you to shun drug trafficking