A 32-year-old textile merchant, identified as Emujue Chimaobi John Paul, has been arrested for allegedly concealing 5.745kg of cocaine inside laptop bags on his way from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)officials said Paul was apprehended on arrival at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport by officers of the agency during the inward screening of Etihad flight passengers.
They said the cocaine had an estimated street value of fifty-seven (N57,000,000) million naira.
Hamza added that “If not for the painstaking efforts of officers, the drug suspect would have escaped arrest. The cocaine was ingeniously packed in laptop bags such that we had to cut the bags open to detect the drug.”
He said investigation had commenced into the case, adding that the suspect who hails from Anambra State would soon be charged to court.
“He is single and dropped out of school at junior secondary school (JSSI) level in 1988.
In his statement, Emujue Chimaobi John Paul said that it was frustration that made him to venture into drug smuggling.
The suspect said “I am a textile merchant. Since 2003, I have been dealing in textiles in Togo. In 2011, I relocated to Brazil in search of greener pastures. Unfortunately, my business did not flourish as I had expected. In fact, I was even living from hand to mouth.
“I was told that I could make enough money from drug trafficking to invest in my business. That was how I was convinced to give it a trial and I was arrested in the process.”
In his reaction, the NDLEA chairman, Ahmadu Giade, commended the officers for the arrest.
“The agency will continue to arrest drug traffickers and charge them to court. This arrest is commendable. Members of the public must note that it is wrong to raise capital from drug trafficking because anyone that ventures into the criminal act will end up regretting in jail,” Giade warned.
He urged stakeholders to partner with the agency in the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and other related crimes.