The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday announced the arrest of a 46-year old bricklayer from Alor Village in Anambra State for attempting to smuggle 2.07kg of cocaine into Nigeria.
Spokesman of the agency, Mitchell Ofoyeju, in a statement sent to journalists, said the suspect was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, when he landed in the country with 83 wraps of substance that had tested positive to cocaine.
According to Ofoyeju, the suspect, was detected with the help of scanning machines during the screening of passengers on an Asky Airline flight from Brazil. He gave the impression that the bricklayer had been recruited by a drug cartel based in Brazil for the operation.
He confirmed that the man later excreted the wraps of cocaine describing the wraps “as one of the highest quantity of cocaine ingested at a time so far this year.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that drug barons now have agents who move from village to village in search of drug mules. They have several antics, which include promise of better job opportunities abroad. The case is under investigation.”
He said the suspect had confessed that after selling their family land in order to travel to Brazil in search of job opportunities, he got none and was frustrated leading him to commit the crime.
According to him, “I got to Brazil on July 10 and all attempts to get a job was unsuccessful. That was when they sold the idea of drug trafficking to me.
Initially I objected but when there was no other option, I succumbed. They made me to swallow 83 wraps of cocaine which was detected by NDLEA officers.”
Source: Huhu Online
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