Attempts by a suspected drug syndicate to smuggle 24.5kg of heroin concealed inside carpets into the country have been aborted by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The drug, according to the agency, is valued at N294 million. This discovery is the first ever in the country, it said.
The consignment left Karachi airport in Pakistan in an Emirate flight as unaccompanied cargo and taken to Nigeria Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) shed at Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr Hamza Umar, said the consignment was examined by the agency when it was abandoned by the importers.
“The suspicious cargo was monitored by undercover operatives for a week after it arrived. We decided to conduct the search when nobody came to claim it. In all, there were twelve pieces of carpets but only six contained heroin.
“The heroin was prepared into tiny bits inside plastic hollow treads and weaved in a way that makes it difficult to detect unless it is unfastened,” he said.
The information on the airway bill, according to him, was found to be incorrect by investigators.