Sniffer dogs of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have detected three consignments of heroin hidden inside various sizes of balls as well as woollen carpets. The heroin which was imported from Pakistan through the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Shed, Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) has a total weight of 29.260kg. The rug consignment of 14kg came as cargo on KLM flight while the other two consignments of balls weighing 10.230kg and 5.030kg were imported on Saudi Arabia Airline. The estimated street value of the drug is 351 million naira.
According to the Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, the goods were abandoned by the importers. “The drug was factory packed in the cartons containing the balls. The rug concealment was also factory packed because we had to tear and unfasten to recover the drugs. Four rugs were found to contain heroin. So far, no arrest has been made but the cases are under investigation”Hamza explained.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade has vowed to incapacitate drug trafficking syndicates in the country through counter measures. “Every drug seizure is important to us because of the value of the drugs and the fact that every seizure made advances the anti-drug campaign. This seizure is important to the country because the damage the drug would have caused cannot be quantified Drug trafficking cartels may be sophisticated in drug concealment, but the seizures are indicators of Nigeria’s counter efforts. We will not relent in protecting the country from the activities of drug traffickers” Giade stressed.
The NDLEA boss added that the Agency will scuttle the plans of drug barons and stop them from using Nigeria in drug trafficking.
Meanwhile, investigation is on-going to unravel the cartel behind the shipments of narcotics.
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