NDLEA Nabs Bricklayer With 2kg Of Cocaine
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a bricklayer suspected to be working for a drug cartel for ingesting 83wraps of substances weighing 2.065kgs that tested positive for cocaine.
The suspect, Ugankwo Basil Chukwudi, 46, was nabbed at the Lagos airport while returning from Brazil.
NDLEA Airport commander, Hamza Umar, who said that the suspect was apprehended after testing positive for drug ingestion, disclosed that it was one of the highest quantities of drugs ingested at a time by a suspect this year.
Umar said: “He was detected with the help of scanning machines during the screening of passengers on an Asky airline flight. The case is under investigation,” Hamza stated.
In his statement, Ugankwo said that he regretted his involvement in drug trafficking.
According to him: “What is more painful to me is the fact that I was lured into selling our family land to travel abroad in search of job opportunities. I am a bricklayer at Alor village, Anambra State. I got to Brazil on July 10, 2013 and all attempts for me to get job was unsuccessful. That was when they sold the idea of drug trafficking to me. Initially I
objected but when there was no other option, I succumbed. They made me swallow 83 wraps of cocaine which was detected by NDLEA officers,”
Investigation revealed that drug barons now have agents who move from village to village in search of drug mules who they promise, among others, better job opportunities abroad.
Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency Ahmadu Giade, in his Salah message, urged members of the public to always turn down requests to smuggle drugs.
“Drug trafficking always leads to shame. It is important to consider the shame of arrest, the pain of imprisonment and the risk of premature death when approached by drug barons.
The preferred option is to shun drug trafficking and live a drug-free lifestyle,” Giade explained.
The NDLEA boss noted that drug barons were desperate to use anybody and members of the public must be weary of their antics. The suspect is married with four children and hails from Anambra State. He will soon be charged to court.