The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted concealed and unaccompanied parcels containing cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and cannabis sativa being shipped to the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Australia, Maldives and New Zealand.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Femi Babafemi, spokesman of the agency, on Tuesday.
According to Babafemi, one Sikiru Owolabi, a notorious trafficker was arrested days after thorough and systematic surveillance by undercover narcotic agents.
He explained that the agents discovered at least two of the parcels intercepted was from him, adding that the seizures were made at two courier companies in Lagos.
He further said that the agency tracked one kilogram of cocaine concealed in cream containers meant for Dublin in Northern Ireland intercepted at one of the courier firms in Lagos after Owolabi confessed during interrogations.
Also, another 200 grammes of cocaine meant for London, United Kingdom was intercepted in the same courier company.
“In another undercover operation, 320grammes of heroin concealed in earrings coming from Congo and going to Australia was seized at a different courier firm in Lagos, just as another 390 grammes of cocaine hidden in men’s clothing and going to Northern Ireland was intercepted in the same company.
“While 500 grammes of cannabis sativa concealed in automobile parts going to New Zealand was seized at one of the courier companies, 200 grammes of methamphetamine hidden inside an award plaque and going to New Zealand, with another 200 grammes of methamphetamine concealed in a book and going to Maldives, were equally intercepted in another firm,” the statement read.
The NDLEA spokesperson also said that besides the arrest of Owolabi, efforts are ongoing to track and arrest other traffickers behind the other unaccompanied illicit drugs packaged as parcels for shipment to Europe.
Reacting to the development, Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd.), Chairman of the NDLEA, commended the men and officers involved in the operations for frustrating attempts by drug barons and traffickers to ship illicit drugs overseas through unaccompanied parcels.
“I ask all our men and officers involved in the various overt and covert operations across the country to continue with the ongoing offensive action until we chase the criminal elements out of their illicit and damaging trade,” Marwa was quoted to have said.