The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an Aba, Abia State-based 31-year-old single mother for concealing 430 grammes of heroin in her private part.
The arrest took place at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Mr. Hamza Umar while commenting on the incident said that the arrest was facilitated with the aid of scanning machines.
“During the inward screening of Emirate passengers, one Aladi Onyinye Juliet tested positive for narcotic ingestion. While under observation, the drug was subsequently expelled, field-tested and weighed” Hamza stated.
Preliminary investigation carried out by the NDLEA indicates that the suspect was returning from Pakistan where she was given the drug.
A release by one Mitchel Ofoyeju on behalf of the agency, said the suspect also has established links with some Pakistani drug-traffickers who sponsored her trip in collaboration with some local accomplices.
According to Ofoyeju the lady in her statement, said that she engaged in drug trafficking to settle her bills.
“I am a single mother and I need money to take care of myself and child. I used to sell clothes but the profit is inadequate to sustain my family. I would have earned half a million naira to pay for my rent and my child’s school fees if I had succeeded in bringing the drug.
and hotel accommodation. While in my hotel room, a Pakistani woman came to give me the drug. She also instructed me to conceal it in my private part to avoid arThey paid for my return ticket rest. Unfortunately, the NDLEA officers detected it”.
The NDLEA statement said Juliet is a 2007 graduate from Saint Anthony Secondary School, Aba, Abia State.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Ahmadu Giade said that the Agency would continue to detect narcotics with the help of technological tools. “The NDLEA is investing in capacity building and modern equipment in drug detection. We hope to dislodge drug trafficking cartels through superior intelligence and best global practices. Investigation is on-going to arrest other members of the drug cartel connected to her case”. Giade stated.
The NDLEA called for more public support stressing that drug control thrives on the principle of collective responsibility.
The suspect will soon be charged to court.