An interview session with Muritala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos commandant of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA , Mr Garba Ahmadu in his office revealed the antics of young Nigerians , and even elderly men and women who stubbornly insist on trafficking on hard drugs and being couriers at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos.
If the ingenuity deployed by these curriers in concealing the hard drugs is used positively, Nigeria could be better.
Vanguard reporter was among the aviation reporters taken by the NDLEA Lagos Airport commandant, Mr Garba Ahmadu to the exhibits room of the agency where they displayed 27 pieces of clothes “ starched “ with dissolved Methamphetamine iron and neatly packed into a bag.
What amazed the reporters was the ingenuity displayed by the currier who made the clothes look like normal starched house wears. Garba said the currier was arrested on Wednesday 6th February, 2019 and was a Dubai bound passenger. He said the 27 pieces of clothing soaked in methamphetamine had a gross weight of 16.94 kilograms.
The clothing included, “T-shirts, towel and trousers and native wears soaked in drug, dried, ironed and neatly arranged in a luggage to beat security.” He added that “their mode of concealment include, ingestion, swallowing, anal, and packing .The traffickers employ different means to conceal their illicit drugs. It requires intelligence, physical profiling and experience to detect concealed drugs”. He said the currier will soon be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.
Just when the reporters were trying to get over the shock of what they saw, an officer of the agency rushed in to inform the commandant that a young man had just been arrested with drugs. This jolted all those present and everybody rushed to the investigation room where the young man was waiting.
The young suspect, who was not more than 30 years, was heading to Indonesia and was arrested for concealing 1.58 kilograms of methamphetamine inside 6 tomatoes paste cans. The suspect said he was not aware that the bag of foodstuffs given to him.
The mode of concealment is what everybody marveled at. The 6 tomatoes paste cans looked like normal cans. But if the bottom of the can is pressed hard with mere fore fingers it would reveal the methamphetamine. A close examination and explanation by the officer that made the arrest showed that the bottom of the can was removed, stuffed with the drugs and neatly sealed with gum for easy removal.
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