Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested an Italy-bound suspected drug dealer, Ovire Cyril with 114 wraps of heroin.
He was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesman, in a statement on Sunday said the suspect was arrested during an outbound passenger to Italy on Turkish Airline.
He said the 114 wraps of heroin found with Cyril has a gross weight of 1.80kg.
Babafemi disclosed that the suspect was arrested during routine search at Gate “C’ Departure Hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said the drugs were concealed inside the pockets of four jean trousers, packed in a black suitcase.
“The suspect who confessed that he was pushed into the crime by hardship after he lost his Job, claimed he was promised Five Thousand Euros (€5,000.00) if he successfully delivers the consignment in Italy,” he said.
He added that on the same day, during outward clearance of Ethiopian Airline passengers’ luggage at the same gate, a male passenger, Osakue Evbuomwan travelling to Milan, Italy was arrested with 1.55kg of Tramadol concealed in a ‘Ghana must go’ bag.
Meanwhile, operatives of the Agency have arrested a 22-year-old Amaka Ogonachukwu for attempting to smuggle wraps of cocaine concealed in cooked white rice for her boyfriend, Monday Imagbebenikaro, 40, in the custody of the Edo state command of NDLEA.
Monday was arrested earlier along Airport Road, Benin City, Oredo LGA, for dealing in crack cocaine, Cannabis Sativa and Danabel (Anabolic steroids).
Commending the Commanders, officers and men of the Lagos, Edo and MMIA commands of the Agency for not letting down their guard during the festive season, Gen. Buba Marwa assured them and their counterparts in other commands that his leadership would always reward exemplary performance while charging them to remain focused and always aspire to surpass previous feats.