The Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency has nabbed a 32-year-old cell phone dealer at Computer Village, Lagos for being in possession of 22.490kg of dried weed that tested positive for cannabis.
The suspect, Okafor Obinna Michael, was arrested while attempting to board an Emirate flight to China at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA.
The drug was disguised as food ingredients labelled African Food Sauce.
Speaking on the arrest, NDLEA Airport commander, Mr Hamza Umar, said the seized cannabis was concealed in foodstuff and spices.
According to him, “A businessman by name Okafor Obinna Michael was found with 22.490kg of cannabis hidden inside foodstuff and cooking spices. The cannabis packed with crayfish, pepper and food ingredients was detected by officers during search operations.”
The suspect in his statement said he was tempted to smuggle drugs in search of basic traveling allowance.
“My intention was to seek greener pastures in China. After buying my ticket, I no more had money on me. It was in the process of trying to get some money that made me to smuggle drugs.
“I was given the bag at the airport by a man who promised to pay me $1,000. He gave me $500, I was to collect another $500 when I deliver the bag in China,” Michael said.
He hails from Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, therefore called on members of the public not to travel out of the country without having enough money to take care of their basic needs.
He said: “It is very risky to embark on a journey outside your country without having basic travel allowance. Such persons are exposed to temptations and vulnerable to crime in order to survive. People should look inwards to discover the economic opportunities that abound in our country.”