The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has uncovered new methods of drug concealment by traffickers.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport Hamza Umar said the new methods include dissolving drugs in water and re-absorbing them into towels and T-shirts, concealing them in industrially packed tin foods and body cream packs.
However, the agency has apprehended 14 drug suspects at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos with 33.655 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs.
Eight of the suspects were caught trying to smuggle cocaine into the country from Brazil and Argentina. Six others were intercepted while smuggling drugs to Hong Kong, Dubai, Italy and Brazil.
Umar said four suspects were apprehended after disembarking from Royal Air Maroc on their way from Brazil, adding: “The estimated value of the seized drugs is about N300,000,000.”
The names of the suspects and the illicit drugs they were found with, he said, are: Okafor Chijioke Franklin (25) caught with 13.735 kilogrammes (kg) cocaine in tin food; Okeke Uchenna Aloy Pascal (29) arrested with 3.425kg cocaine absorbed in towels; Akpobome Godwin Ujunwa (32) found with 1.730 kg of cocaine absorbed in T-shirt; and Ani Monday (37) arrested with 300 grammes of cocaine.
Others are: Madububa Amaechi Joseph (38) ingested 845 grammes of cocaine; Amuka Sunday (26) ingested 1.505kg cocaine; Ijoganu Edache (25) also ingested 1.240kg of cocaine; Obiefuna Tochukwu Kenneth (40) found with 500 grammes of cocaine; Ogbodu Williams (48 years) caught with 1.650kg of cocaine; Nwakama Walter Chinonso (32) caught with 1.060kg of cocaine.
Egbueme Benedict McCarthy (31) found with 1.190kg of cocaine; and Nwanchukwu Chimeremeze Leonard (38) found with 975 grammes of heroin/cocaine. Adebayo Wasiu Abiodun (30) caught with 5kg of cannabis and Oforegbu Godwin Ujunwa was arrested with 505 grammes of cocaine.
It was revealed that most of the suspects engaged in drug trafficking to get money for the end of year celebrations.