Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, arrested five suspected drug traffickers in connection with a large shipment of heroin worth N2.2 billion from Pakistan at the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos.
The agency also arrested a lady, (names withheld) over substance suspected to be cocaine at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Rivers State.
The lady allegedly ingested 839 grammes of the substance, and was arrested while on her way to board a London-bound Lufthansa Airline. She was taken to the Military Hospital, Port Harcourt, where the substance was confirmed in her.
The lady, a mother of six and a widow, it was gathered, had since excreted the substance weighing 839 grammes. Meanwhile, Chairman of NDLEA, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, who addressed newsmen, in Lagos, on the shipment, said it was the agency’s first seizure of a large quantity of heroin in collaboration with British authorities.
He said: “The unadulterated heroin weighing 113.49kg was industrially- concealed in three moulding machines imported from Islamabad, Pakistan, in a 20-feet container. The search was conducted at the Ikoyi, Lagos, headquarters of the agency.
“A total of 109 wraps weighing 113.49kg of heroin was imported into the country through the Tin Can Island Port, Lagos. The illicit consignment was cleared from the Tin Can Port but anti-narcotic operatives working on intelligence trailed the container to Okota, Lagos, where it was intercepted. This is the first seizure made at the seaport this year by NDLEA and the estimated street value of the drug is N2.2 billion.”