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Monday, October 15, 2012

NDLEA smoke out cocaine in Jewellery

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested an alleged drug suspect with 2.472 kilogramme of cocaine, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, the Head of Public Affairs of the agency, said in a statement on Saturday that the suspect concealed the substance in a bag of jewels.
Ofoyeju said the suspect was arrested aboard a KLM flight from Brazil at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
He revealed that during a search, a powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine, was found in the bag.
"It took several hours to extract the cocaine from the jewellery because of the complex method of concealment; this mode of concealment is strange.
"This is the first time of discovering drugs inside jewellery; the drugs were industrially packed in ear rings, buttons, necklaces, bangles as well as in female belts.
"We had to forcefully open them to recover the drugs; the entire quantity of cocaine found in the jewellery products weighed 2.472 kilogrammes.
"One arrest has been made in connection with the seizure," Ofoyeju said.
He warned that although drug barons are becoming desperate, the agency is determined to frustrate their efforts.
"This seizure is yet an indication that drug traffickers can go to any length in hiding their drugs from law enforcement agents," he said.
Ofoyeju said that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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