NDLEA Intercept Drugs at the Airport Carefully Hidden in Footballs!

The drug-laden footballs

Day-in-day-out officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) keep discovering new means of transporting drugs employed by drug traffickers. Yet, the traffickers too seem never to be running out of tricks!

Yesterday, members of the NDLEA impounded three consignments of heroin hidden inside balls and woolen carpets at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Shed, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. The drugs were reported to be worth about N351million.

The drugs were said to have been imported from Pakistan, and they were detected through the help of the agency’s sniffer dogs. The drugs were weighing a total of 29.260 kilogrammes. The other rug consignment containing 14 kilogrammes of heroine came as cargo on KLM flight while the other two consignments of balls weighing 10.230 kilogrammes and 5.030 kilogrammes were imported on Saudi Arabia Airline.

Meanwhile, Chairman of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, vowed to incapacitate drug trafficking syndicates in the country through counter measures. According to him, “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.

He also assured that investigation is on-going to unravel the cartel behind the shipments of narcotics. Meanwhile, the NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, pointed out that the goods were abandoned by the importers as soon as they arrived the airport, adding that the officials of the agency had to tear the consignment to uncover the drugs.

According to him, “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.