Drug agency intercepts letter with heroin

By David Adekunle, Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted a letter laden with heroin in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.

The agency’s spokesman, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju explained that the letter was sent from Bangalore, India, via Express Mail Service (EMS). It was addressed to one Mr. Yunusa Amusan, 33, in Mushin, Lagos.

“Upon interception by the NDLEA, about 480 grams of powdery substance that tested positive for heroin, was found inside the letter. The thin parcels of heroin were carefully hidden in the letter in a manner that makes it difficult to detect.

This is the first case of heroin letter discovered by the anti-narcotic agency this year,’’ he said.

The Chairman of NDLEA, Muhammad Abdallah said the arrest was recorded following the diversification of the agency’s operations.

Exposing any guise
He stated that investigations revealed that the suspect, already in custody, allegedly connived with his uncle, who lives in India, to import heroin disguised as letters to Nigeria.

“The operations of the agency have been diversified to cover mail services. Drug control is an intelligence-led operation and the NDLEA, under my dispensation, will spread its tentacles to all possible areas of narcotic smuggling. Abdullahis stressed.

According to him, “We will not relent in taking deliberate and sustained efforts towards preventing drug trafficking under any guise in the country, be it by air, land or water, “Their criminal plan did not materialise due to the superior intelligence gathering capacity of the agency.

NDLEA Director of Operations and General Investigation, Mr Mabo Olugbenga also explained that the suspect was apprehended, following surveillance report on his illicit drug activities.

“The illicit smuggling of narcotic drugs under the guise of letters was reported and closely monitored by the agency.
It was confirmed that Amusan was recruited by his uncle who lives in India, to take delivery of heroin concealed in letters, to avoid arrest by law enforcement agents. “The suspect was arrested after collecting the letter and further investigation is ongoing,’’
he added.