Maxwell Obumneme Ikeh has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos for alleged possession of hard drugs.
The Nation reports that the suspect, who was on his way into the country from Brazil with drugs packed in six wraps weighing 120g, tested positive for cocaine inserted in his anus.
Tochukwu Akumma Nwakpo, another suspect, was also arrested while trying to export a consignment containing 1.860kg of methamphetamine sealed in tin tomato paste to South Africa.
While explaining the details of their offence, NDLEA Lagos Airport Commander Ahmadu Garba informed that Ikeh, 40, and Nwakpo, 27, had targeted the festive period to smuggle drugs into the country.
“Intelligence report received by the agency indicated that the suspects specifically targeted the festive season to smuggle their drugs. Ikeh was caught on arrival while Nwakpo that hid methamphetamine in tomato paste meant for export to South Africa was equally arrested,” Nwakpo explained.
In his confession, Ikeh said it was his first time of dealing in drugs.
He said: “I am married with a child and live in Lagos. I sell children diapers and clothes but travelled to Brazil two months ago expecting to buy my goods at a cheaper price. In the process, I decided to smuggle 120 grammes of cocaine for monetary gains.
“I inserted six wraps of the drugs into my anus yet it was detected and that was how I was arrested. This is my first time.”
Nwakpo who deals in automobile parts at Ladipo Market in Mushin, Lagos, said he was only assisting a friend to send a consignment of foodstuff to South Africa.
“I sell motor parts at Ladipo market. My friend in South Africa asked me to send a luggage to him. He called somebody in Lagos who brought the bag to me and I took it to the airport for shipment. During search, the drug was detected and I was arrested,” he confessed.
Only recently, the Ondo state chapter of NDLEA arrested two suspected drug barons with 500grammes of cocaine in Ondo West local government area of the state.
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