NDLEA discovers £3.8 m worth of cocaine in shoes

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja have discovered parcels of whitish substance that tested positive for cocaine weighing 9.15okgs inside soles of shoes.

The discovery was made in a shipment of shoes during inward screening of passengers on a Turkish airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The cocaine was industrially concealed in the soles of new foot wears and that it was the last arrest of 2016 at the Abuja airport with an estimated value of 3.8 million pounds in Europe.

Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd) said that the huge profit derived from drug trafficking has made it a top priority for drug cartels to be financially incapacitated.

“We must continue to take deliberate steps to intercept drugs and ultimately prevent the criminal enrichment of drug cartels. Illicit drug proceeds negatively affect economic development, could be used to corrupt government officials and terrorism funding thereby subjecting mankind to widespread destruction” Abdallah stated.

NDLEA commander at the Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan said that the arrest was made during the inward screening of passengers and luggage on a Turkish airline flight from Brazil.

“There was an arrest at the weekend of a thirty-four year old suspect, Okolo Emenike Kingsley, who hails from Ezeagu, Enugu State.

The motorcycle parts dealer said that he was offered the sum of one million naira to smuggle the drugs to Nigeria. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect is cooperating with our team of undercover officers” the commander stated.

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