The alleged drug trafficker, Okonkwo Chimezie Henry, smuggled 113 packets of cocaine weighing 1.750 kg and a street value of N423 million.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, Head Office of the National Drug Law Enforcing Agency (NDLEA), Abuja, Femi Babafemi said in a statement in Abuja yesterday.
The statement read, "Okonkwo was about boarding a Turkish plane TK0626 at 8pm when he was arrested during a two-point checkpoint and was arrested by NDLEA staff at Lagos airport. He was subsequently referred to the JBTF / NDLEA center for further investigation.
"Twenty-four hours after his arrest, the suspect, who has lived in Spain for 10 years, smuggled 39 cocaine and handed over 113 packages of five.
The statement was quoted by the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, as saying, "the suspect released 39 wraps weighing 600 grammers at 9.58 on the morning of April 5; 13 wraps weighing 200 grams at 6.30pm on the same day; 16 wraps weighing 250 grams at 10:30 on the same day; and 32 wraps weighing 500 grams at 7.30 on the morning of April 6. ”
Babafemi said airport staff also seized a 2.8kg skunk bound for Dubai in the UAE via the Emirate Airline.
"The illegal drug was hidden in rocks, bitter leaves and watermelons in a sack but was found in the SAHCO shed for exporting MMIA," he said.
NDLEA Chairperson / Chief Executive Officer, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa, in response, praised the officials and men of the MMIA Command for not allowing criminals to use this Easter holiday to further their illegal trade, and to publish a Nigerian image abroad.
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