SUSPECTED FEMALE TRAFFICKERS HIDES DRUGS IN UNDERWEARS, HAIR WIGS
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested three suspected female drug traffickers over smuggling of 4.500kg of narcotics in under wears and hair wigs. All three suspects were apprehended at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Federal Capital Territory, Abuja last weekend. Two of the suspects who were to board an Egypt airline flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, through Cairo were caught with 3.6kg of methamphetamines neatly hidden in customised under wears and hair wigs. Another female suspect who claimed to be three months pregnant was found to have ingested 900 grammes of substance that tested positive for cocaine.
NDLEA Commander at the Abuja Airport, Mr. Hamisu Lawan gave the names of the suspects asMs Anene Blessing Iruoma, age 26, Ms Obiakor Maryann Okwudili, age 34 and Ms Mbechi Obiageli Susan, age 38. The Commander also thanked the management of the Federal Airport Authority for alerting the NDLEA of possible drug concealment following a body frisk on one of the suspects.
According to Hamisu,“Anene Blessing Iruoma and Ms Obiakor Maryann Okwudili concealed 1.7kg and 1.90kg of methamphetamine in under wears and hair wigs while Mbechi Obiageli Susan ingested 900 grammes of substance that tested positive for cocaine. The drugs were detected during routine screening of passengers. The suspects are helping narcotic officials in our investigation. I commend the level of cooperation among security Agencies at the airport. I also thank the management of the Federal Airport Authority for their significant role in these arrests”.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA Ahmadu Giade said that the Agency will provide the enabling environment for a strong and sustainable drug control institution in the country. “Drug trafficking is criminal and as security managers we have a responsibility to provide the enabling environment for officers and stakeholders to give their best in addressing the drug problem. These and subsequent arrests and drug seizures will further discourage potential drug traffickers that they will caught and prosecuted” Giade stated.
The suspects who will soon be charged to court could be sentenced to 15 years under the NDLEA Act.
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