Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
have arrested Ethiopia bound South African passenger, Erasmus Jean Pierre while attempting to export 2.6 kilograms of methamphetamine hard drugs through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Femi Babafemi said in a statement on Sunday that the illicit substance allegedly concealed in the luggage of 29-year-old suspect to the Middle East on Wednesday 23rd August, 2023.
The move was thwarted during the outward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 404 from Abuja to the Middle East via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Babafemi said a thorough search of his luggage led to the discovery of the whitish powdery illicit substance factory packed in different parts of the bag.
Preliminary investigation by anti narcotic agents, revealed that the suspect arrived Lagos through Abidjan, Côte dIvoire on Saturday 19th August, came to Abuja on Tuesday 22nd August, and took possession of the brown bag containing the drug consignment on Wednesday 23rd August before heading to the Abuja airport for his flight out of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, efforts by transnational drug cartels to move a consignment of 117 grams of ketamine neatly concealed in a pair of leather male slippers being shipped to Indonesia and 2.14 kilograms of skunk, was also thwarted by NDLEA agents.
The illicit substance, which were clinically hidden in the walls of a local wooden drum, were equally frustrated by NDLEA operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation, DOGI, attached to courier firms in Lagos.
The Agency, according to its spokesman, also intercepted and seized several kilogrammes of skunk across Gombe, Adamawa, Kwara, Yobe, and Edo States and arrested some suspected drug traffickers in the week under review.