NDLEA Intercepts Record N4b Ephedrine Haul At Lagos Airport
According to the agency, the record haul, the largest ever quantity of the illicit drug, had a total weight of 83.39kg. The NDLEA also disclosed that two bags, with one containing heroin and arriving in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and another bearing cannabis, being exported to London, were abandoned at the same airport by traffickers.
A statement by the NDLEA spokesman, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said the seized ephedrine has a street value of N4bn and was concealed in artificial female hair by a suspected drug trafficking syndicate and was headed to South Africa.
The suspects are Unegbu Daniel Chukwu, 42; Ettah Joseph, 28; and Wopara Bright, 31. Preliminary investigation, by the NDLEA, revealed that Unegbu Daniel, an indigene of Anambra State working as a clearing agent, collected the luggage from his client and took it to the airport.
Two luggage handlers, who allegedly worked with him, were identified as Ettah Joseph from Cross River State and Wopara Bright from Rivers State. The cases, explained the NDLEA, are under investigation aimed at uncovering the cartel behind the illegal shipment.