Two excrete 165 wraps of cocaine at Abuja airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested two men for cocaine trafficking. The duo of Elvis Uche Iro, 53 and Uwaezuoke Ikenna Christian, 42, were reported to have excreted 165 wraps of cocaine, after they were arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja.

They excreted the drugs while under observation in the Agencys custody.

The 53-year-old Elvis, who is a father of four children hails from Abiriba, Ohafia local government area of Abia state.

He was arrested on Saturday 19th March upon his arrival on board Ethiopian Airline flight from Addis-Ababa for ingesting 65 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.376kg.

NDLEA said Elvis claimed to be an interior decorator but had to go into drug trafficking because he needed money to start a coffee business, take care of his family and stock his newly acquired shop with curtain materials/accessories in Lagos.

He said he would have been paid One Thousand ($1,000) US dollars on successful delivery of the drug in Abuja.

On Christian, the agency said the suspect was arrested on arrival for ingesting 100 pellets of cocaine, weighing 2.243kg. Ikenna who hails from Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state claims he is a businessman dealing in baby’s wears before venturing into drug trafficking.

During preliminary interview, he said he traveled to Addis Ababa on Thursday 17th March to buy the drug for Ten Thousand ($10,000) US dollars and returned on Saturday 19th March when he was arrested. He said he sold his land in his village and took loans from friends to be able to raise money to buy the drug.

He claimed he had to go into drug to raise money for his business after being duped of Fifteen Thousand ($15,000) US dollars by his friend who lives in China.


In a related development, narcotic officers of the Directorate of Operation and General Investigation, DOGI, have intercepted substantial quantities of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Cannabis sativa packaged for export to Australia, China, Qatar, Ireland and Thailand through some courier companies in Lagos.

The agency also said it seized 2.9kg of Methamphetamine tucked in packs of black soup and toner machine. It also said the illicit drugs were being taken to Australia and Qatar.

Also seized was 600grams of cocaine concealed in school certificates and file folders while being sent to Australia and Thailand.

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