NDLEA Seize N24m Worth of Cocaine Concealed in Roasted Chickens
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency this weekend seized a 2.655kg weight of cocaine worth N24million concealed in roasted chickens. The seizure was made at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos during the inward clearance of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, while announcing the incidence also said an auto technician who gave his name as Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa was arrested in connection with the seizure and explained that the suspect had given investigators useful information.
Umar described the seizure as remarkable. “We discovered 2.655kg of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken. It is a remarkable seizure because no one would have imagined cocaine worth several millions inside roasted chicken,” Hamza stated.
During interrogation, the suspect said he thought that the drug will not be detected. Chinweuwa said: “It took me three days to pack the cocaine inside the roasted chicken. I was confident that the drug will not be detected. I have been living in Brazil since 2006. Life has been stressful because I cannot even visit my wife in Nigeria due to lack of money. I wanted some money to start any business of my choice back home. Unfortunately, I was disappointed upon arrival in Lagos.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said that spectacular seizures like this will help to discourage others from the criminal drug trade.
“The suspect thought his mode of drug concealment was perfect but we proved him wrong. Several drugs cleverly hidden by drug barons have been discovered and we shall continue to detect drugs regardless of the mode of concealment,” Giade said.
The suspect, who hails from Imo State, will soon be charged to court.
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