Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a 46-year-old man who allegedly inserted wraps of narcotics into his anus on his way to Italy.
Innocent Anazodo was found with the wraps which tested positive to cocaine at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, the NDLEA said in a statement Sunday.
The agency said it also arrested Samuel Agwu, 31, who concealed wraps of narcotics in the collar of his jacket on his way from B.razil.
“Anazodo Innocent was found with seven pellets of cocaine weighing 375 grammes inserted in his anus while Agwu Samuel had 10 pellets of cocaine weighing 110 grammes concealed inside his jacket,” said Ahmadu Garba, NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport.
“Both arrests were made during routine check on passengers.
“Agwu was nabbed during inward screening of passengers on a South Africa Airline flight from B.razil through Johannesburg. The second suspect, Anazodo was c@ught during screening of passengers on a Royal Air Maroc flight while going to Milan, Italy.”
The NDLEA said Mr. Agwu “confidently” wore the jacket containing cocaine after he disembarked from the aircraft on his way from Sao Paulo.
“This is the first discovery of cocaine inside the collar of a jacket by the NDLEA. The suspects have owned up to the crime and are cooperating with investigators,” said Mr. Garba.
In his reaction, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Muhammad Abdallah, described the suspects’ action as “desperately crafty and cunning.”
“The cocaine was detected by officers notwithstanding the crafty and cunning mode of concealment,” said Mr. Abdallah, a retired colonel.