The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a passenger for attempting to smuggle out 23 wraps containing 34,000 dollars to Brazil. In a statement issued by Mitchell Ofoyeju, Head, Public Affairs, NDLEA, on Friday in Lagos, the passenger, Ozoh Ikenna, was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), during screening of passengers for an Etihad Airways flight to Abu Dhabi. The money was found to be packed in wraps and concealed in his boxer shorts.
The NDLEA airport commander, Ahmadu Garba, said that the arrest was facilitated with the aid of a scanning machine. He also said the agency has arrested one Ogbo Emmanuel, believed to have been involved in the attempted laundering.
“The wraps of dollars found on Ikenna were detected with the aid of scanning machine.
“We also conducted a follow-up operation where one Ogbo Emmanuel who gave Ozoh the 34,000 dollars was arrested,” the commander said.
The statement said investigation activities conducted by the NDLEA’s Assets and Financial Investigation Directorate revealed that the suspects were involved in the laundering of a substantial amount of illicit drug proceeds.