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Officials of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have discovered wraps of
narcotics in the collar of a passenger’s jacket
at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport
(MMIA) Lagos. The arrest was made shortly
after the suspect disembarked from the aircraft.on his way from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 31-year old man, identified as Agwu Samuel, confidently wore the jacket containing the drugs but through experience and insight,
the drugs were discovered by officers.

This is the first discovery of cocaine inside the
collar of a jacket by the NDLEA.
In his reaction, Chairman/Chief Executive of the
Agency, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah,
described the suspect’s action as desperately
crafty and cunning.

He said, “The cocaine was detected by officers
notwithstanding the crafty and cunning mode of
concealment. The agency has taken some
strategic measures aimed at disappointing the
tricks employed by drug trafficking syndicates.
We remain committed to exposing criminal plots
through superior counter-narcotic intelligence.

This operational success is commendable and a
demonstration of our alertness to detect
He said that the agency will continue to invest
in capacity building programmes for officers.

It was reported that the NDLEA commander
at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said that
the suspect was arrested during routine check
on passengers.

"Ten wraps of cocaine weighing 110grms were
found inside the collar of his jacket during
screening of passengers on a South Africa
Airline flight from Brazil through Johannesburg.

The drug which was carefully hidden inside his
jacket tested positive for cocaine. Investigation
is ongoing.”

The suspect, Agwu Samuel, who sells shoes in
Togo, said in his statement that he went to
Brazil in search of greener pastures but
resorted to drug trafficking due to frustration.

in His words:

“I use to sell shoes in Togo until I
lost goods worth N3million. This negatively
affected my business and made me to travel to
Brazil in a desperate search for greener
pastures. After a fruitless search for job in
Brazil for four months, I decided to smuggle
drugs to get some money to start my shoe
business. I thought the drugs will not be
detected inside my jacket but I was caught and
I am very sad.”

Agwu attended Technical Secondary School in
Ohafia, Abia State. He will be charged to court.

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