Saturday, 6 October 2012

NDLEA sniffer dogs detect N351m heroin in footballs, rugs

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Sniffer dogs of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have detected three consignments of heroin hidden inside various sizes of balls as well as woollen carpets.
The estimated street value of the drug is N351m.
SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the heroin, which was imported from Pakistan through the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Shed, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, had a total weight of 29.260kg
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The rug consignment of 14kg came as cargo on KLM flight while the other two consignments of balls weighing 10.230kg and 5.030kg were imported on Saudi, Arabia Airline.
According to the Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, the importers of the goods abandoned.
He said, “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.”
The spokesman of the anti-drug agency, Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, has vowed to incapacitate drug trafficking syndicates in the country through counter measures.
“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.
The NDLEA boss added that the agency would continue to scuttle the plans of drug barons and stop them from using Nigeria in drug trafficking. Source: Punch

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