NDLEA arrests 21, seizes 426kg of narcotics

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Seme Border Command in Lagos, on Friday said it arrested 21 persons and seized 426kg of narcotics in 2013.

The Commander, Mr Nicholas Ajaduruonye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry, Lagos, that the seizures comprised 422.55kg of cannabis, 950g of meta amphetamine, 1.3kg of heroin and 1.2kg of cocaine.

‘All the drugs were imported into the country; we did not have any case of drugs being exported out of the country,’ he said.

Ajaduruonye said that the arrested persons were 17 males and 4 females, adding that the command had so far convicted 12 of the 21 suspects.

According to him, the drugs are usually concealed in luggage compartments, bales of used clothes and hollow compartments in vehicles such as doors, dashboards and bumpers.

‘Unlike in previous years when we made our seizures through intelligence gathering, surveillance or tipoff, we made these seizures through proper profiling.

‘Because of arrests we have made in the past years, we have been able to identify how these drug couriers work.

‘This has worked to our advantage,’ Ajaduruonye said.

He advised Nigerians to desist from sale and use of hard drugs, warning that offenders would be caught and prosecuted by the agency.

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