NDLEA Arrests Woman Feigning Pregnancy With N20m Cocaine

imageThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, has apprehended a middle aged woman and mother of three, Dorothy Onyekasi, for faking pregnancy with 86 wraps of substance that tested positive for cocaine.

The drug was intercepted during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the NDLEA, the cocaine has a total weight of 1.720 kilogrammes with an estimated street value of N20.6 million.
The Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd,) described the recent drug seizures at the Lagos airport as a welcome development that was capable of forcing drug cartels to a retreat.
According to Abdallah, “in the past few days, the NDLEA has recorded numerous arrests and drug seizures at the Lagos airport. The drug cartels have also suffered huge losses from these operations. This particular suspect feigned pregnancy with wraps of cocaine but she was caught by vigilant narcotic agents.
“Some of the suspects recently apprehended concealed drugs in their socks and luggage while others ingested wraps of cocaine in disregard of the danger to their health. In spite of their craftiness, we are daily stopping them from perpetrating their criminal act and forcing them to a retreat.”
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, who said that the wraps of cocaine would have been easily mistaken for pregnancy, declared: “It was discovered that the suspect kept 86 wraps of cocaine inside a waist bag which was tied to her stomach. Unfortunately, the drug was detected by NDLEA officers on her arrival from Dubai. The drug was immediately packed and weighed in her presence. It had a gross weight of 1.720 kilogrammes.”
The 41-year-old woman who hails from Enugu State and said to be an importer of female bags and shoes from Dubai, said that her involvement in drug trafficking was a mistake.
“I am a business woman living in Lagos. I am separated from my husband who left me and abandoned three children. I used to import female bags and shoes from Dubai. My involvement in drug trafficking is a mistake and I take responsibility for my action.
“I travelled to Dubai to buy my goods. While I was preparing to return, I met a man in Dubai who gave me the drug and promised to give me enough money to expand my business. He also told me that when I get to Nigeria, he will call his partner to collect the drug and give me my money. When I got here, the drug was detected at the airport and I was arrested. It is all my fault. If only I was contented with the profits from the sales of my goods, I would not have been in this problem,” she said.


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