The officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted the largest quantity of ephedrine with a total weight of 83.390kgs, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Ephedrine is a precursor ingredient used in the production of methamphetamine. It was concealed in female hair attachment by a suspected drug trafficking syndicate going to South Africa.
This is the largest quantity of ephedrine seized at the Lagos airport with an estimated street value of 4billion Naira.
NDLEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Colonel Muhammad Abdallah said that the Agency’s counter-narcotic measures led to the seizure.
He says the Agency suspects three behind the act and gave the names as Unegbu Daniel Chukwu, 42, Ettah Joseph, 28, and Wopara Bright, 31.
“NDLEA will continue to resist attempt by criminal syndicates to compromise security measures through strict law enforcement practice.
Anti-narcotic agents have been placed on the alert and will remain vigilant in detecting any act of sabotage. The case is under investigation and anyone found wanting shall be prosecuted in line with the NDLEA Act,’’ Colonel Abdallah said.
In addition, a bag containing 2.500kg of heroin was abandoned at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, during the inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Nairobi, Kenya.
Similarly, a luggage containing 4.6kg of cannabis meant for export to London on a British Airways flight from Lagos was also abandoned at the airport.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Unegbu Daniel who works as a clearing agent collected the luggage from his client and took it to the airport. He hails from Anambra State.
Two luggage handlers who allegedly worked with him are Ettah Joseph, from Cross Rivers State and Wopara Bright who is from Rivers State.
The cases are under investigation to uncover the drug cartel that is behind the illegal shipment of the narcotic drugs.