25th April, 2012
Sniffer dogs belonging to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have helped the agency to seize heroin worth about N160 million, the agency said in a statement today.
NDLEA said that anti-narcotic agents had placed the consignment on surveillance after sniffer dogs signaled that it contained hard drugs.
The operation led to the ultimate discovery of 16 kilogrammes of high grade heroin abandoned by a suspected drug syndicate at the National Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Shed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
The brownish substance was packed in white transparent polythene bags and hidden inside metal pipes, the agency said.
The drug was brought as cargo on a KLM flight from the Republic of Iran with an estimated street value of the drug in Lagos of about N160 million, NDLEA said.
“The agency conducted 100 percent search because of the alert given by the sniffer dogs. A welder was invited to forcefully cut the pipe open. The effort paid off when the heroin was found. The cargo with Air Waybill number 0747419547 was addressed to one Mr. Nnaemeka Chinedu Joseph of 64, Ladipo Industrial Parts, Mushin Lagos, “ NDLEA said.
According to the Airport Commander Hamza Umar, the consignment arrived from Iran but was left unclaimed.
“The consignment was at the NAHCO shed upon arrival from Iran. Based on suspicion we placed it under observation. However, when nobody came forward to take delivery of the consignment, we first brought in the sniffer dogs to examine it. The dogs alerted that the thick metal pipes are positive for narcotics. This was what emboldened us to conduct extensive examination openly witnessed by customs, police and other security officials. They were all amazed at the clever way the drug was concealed,” Hamza said.