The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Brazilian returnee and father of two, Okolie Paulinus Nwabueze, for allegedly importing 92 wraps of cocaine.
The Agency said Nwabueze ingested the wraps and later excreted them after days of observation.
Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja that the 53-year-old suspect was arrested on September 2 upon his arrival on Qatar Airline flight enroute Brazil-Doha-Abuja.
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According to the statement, Nwabueze claimed to have left Nigeria for Mozambique in 2004 and finally relocated to Brazil in 2017, where he obtained a residence permit before deciding to import the illicit substance for a $4,000 fee.
The Agency’s spokesman also said a 42-year-old man, Aliyu Bello Kwasare, was been arrested at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, Kano, for attempting to export a consignment of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura, to Saudi Arabia.
“Also, a freight agent, Aliyu Abubakar was on Friday 9th Sept. arrested at the NAHCO export shed of the airport over attempt to export a consignment of cannabis concealed inside bottles of Caro white body lotion.
“Meanwhile, attempts by drug cartels to export 7.805 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to the United States and Australia have been thwarted by NDLEA operatives attached to some courier companies in Lagos. The meth consignments were concealed in the linings of local fabric, wooden statutes, printer cartridges, handle of travel bag and cassava flakes.
“A 25-year-old pregnant woman, Haruna Favour, was arrested in Auchi, Edo state on Friday 9th Sept with 82 pinches of methamphetamine as well as various quantities of Loud, Arizona, Colorado variants of cannabis and codeine based cough syrup.
“In Gombe, 119,000 tablets and capsules of tramadol, D5 and Exol5 were recovered from two drug dealers, Nasiru Abubakar, 22, and Umaru Bayero a.k.a Hadiza when NDLEA operatives raided their stores at the Gombe main market on Tuesday 6th September.”