The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, on monday, said it had intercepted 83.390 kilogrammes of ephedrine and arrested three suspects in connection with the seizure at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.
NDLEA Commander at the airport, Ahmadu Garba, in a statement, gave the names of the suspects as a 42-year-old Unegbu Daniel Chukwu from Anambra State, 28-year-old Ettah Joseph from Cross Rivers State and a 31-year-old Wopara Bright from Rivers State.
According to Garba, ephedrine is an ingredient used in the production of methamphetamine. He said: “Officials of the NDLEA at the departure hall of MMIA detected a bag and during search it was found to contain substances that tested positive for ephedrine with a total weight of 83.390kgs.
“The parcels of ephedrine were concealed amidst artificial hair. Three suspects were apprehended and are being interrogated to determine their level of culpability. A bag containing 2.500kg of heroin was also abandoned at the arrival hall during the inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Nairobi, Kenya. The drug (top left) and the suspects.
“Similarly, a luggage containing 4.6kg of cannabis meant for export to London on a British Airways flight from Lagos was also abandoned at the airport.
“On the ephedrine seizure, preliminary investigation revealed that Unegbu Daniel, who works as a clearing agent, collected the luggage from his client and took it to the airport. Two luggage handlers, who allegedly worked with him, are Ettah Joseph and Wopara Bright.
“The cases are under investigation to uncover the drug cartel that is behind the illegal shipment of the narcotic drugs.”