NDLEA Makes Largest Cocaine Seizure Of 21.9kg In Abuja

At Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) seized 21.9kg of cocaine.

According to a statement issued by the NDLEA spokesman, Jonah Achema, Deputy Commander of Narcotics (DCN),

said that the unlawful substance obscured in two cases in a row was the Command’s biggest single seizure.

Jonah indicated that after the arrival of Ethiopian Airline ET 910 in Abuja from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the two unescorted and unidentified luggage were found.

According to him, the gallant officers of the Command became wary during the internal clearance of the aircraft when

they noticed that the two brief cases were neglected on the conveyor belt with none of the travelers claiming them.

Tsakuwa instructed the security personnel to keep a close eye on the suit cases  and notified the Airline and its handlers of the interest of NDLEA in the suitcases.

According to him, we officially consulted the station manager of Ethiopian Airline after several days of not claiming the suitcases,

and the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO Aviance) was the handler for the aircraft, noting the suspicion of the agency of the luggage.

I made a standing order to invite NDLEA first before suitcase was discharged to the owner or if the luggage was returned to the point of departing.

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We notified the airline about the need for a checks to be carried out on the unclaimed luggage after many weeks of no claims by the owners.

The officials of the aircraft, along with the baggage handler and the Department of State Services, Aviation Security and Nigeria Customs Services, were invited to the NDLEA office where the search was carried out.

The very first unclaimed briefcase was checked and found with three blankets, two of which consist of a transparent nylon parcel containing white materials presumed of being hard drugs.’

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“The field test was positive for cocaine, weighing 10,750 kg.

There were twenty-two packet shirts in the second unclaimed suitcase, one packet of the drug obscured in each of the shirts, and enclosed with blue carbon paper comprising transparent nylon.’

The material was also field-tested and was proven cocaine-positive and weighed 11,150 KG. The second luggage had a baggage tag named Nze Lusaka U. There was a total of 21.9 kg of the drug seized, he stated.

The investigation is still ongoing, Tsakuwa stated, and the Command was presently working closely with Ethiopian Airlines to gain more information to uncover the identity of the couriers.

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