The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has again, made major drug busts in various parts of the country, as its operatives intercepted several illegal products in different Nigerian Airports.
The team that carried out the operation successfully made several arrests when the nabbed no fewer than 7 drug traffickers and stopped their moves to aid some alleged Brazilian cartels to smuggle large consignments of cocaine into Nigeria.
The drug cartels reportedly transported their illegal merchandise through three major international airports in Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos, respectively.
According to Femi Babafemi, NDLEA’s Spokesperson, a statement he issued on Sunday, revealed how five suspects were arrested the previous day, at the Port Harcourt International Airport.
Furthermore, the spokesman disclosed that, three of them were arrested during the inward screening of passengers on board Qatar Airline flight QR1433 from Doha to Port Harcourt.
The statement contained details of how the three suspects, left Sao Paulo, Brazil on board same Qatar flight, en-route Doha to Abuja and Port Harcourt with a total of 24.96 kilogrammes of cocaine.
Part of NDLEA’s Statement
The press release reads in part: “The first is 51-year-old Udogwu James Johnson, who hails from Orlu Local Council of Imo State. He was arrested with 5.48kg of cocaine concealed in lotion plastic bottles sealed with candle wax. He claimed he agreed to traffic the drug for a fee of N1million.
“Also arrested is Ezekwueme Ifeanyi Valentine, 32, from Aguata Local Council of Anambra State, who was caught with 10.82kg cocaine packed in 84 sachets concealed in seven duvets, while the third trafficker, Chiezie Ikechukwu Arinze, 35, from Dunukofia Local Council of AnambraState, was arrested with 8.66kg cocaine hidden in 115 golden and silver colour 30ml breakable bottles factory- packaged with lotion on top,” among other details.