The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two clearing agents after it seized 40 parcels of cocaine weighing 43.11 kilograms (100.05pds), with an estimated street value of over N32 billion at the Tincan Port, Lagos State.
Sumaila Ethan, the Commander of the Tincan Port Command of the NDLEA, disclosed this at a press briefing on Tuesday.
According to Ethan, the consignment containing the illicit drug was put under surveillance by NDLEA operatives after it was brought into Nigeria from Brazil on board a vessel marked: MV SPAR SCORPIO, for some days until two clearing agents showed up on Monday to clear it.
He said the two clearing agents were promptly arrested.
He said: “After a thorough search, we discovered 40 compressed parcels, which after laboratory investigations tested positive to cocaine. The two clearing agents have been taken into custody while we continue with the investigation.
“The seizure is no doubt an attestation to the renewed vigour in the operations of the agency.
“We appreciate our Chairman/Chief Executive, Gen. Buba Marwa who provided guidance all through the operations.”
The Tincan port seizure is coming on the heels of similar ones at the Lagos and Abuja airports, as well as from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Edo, Katsina, Nasarawa, and Benue NDLEA state commands in the last three weeks.