Enugu's Obiora conceals cocaine in packs of air freshener enroute Malabo, busted

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Obiora and the cocaine hidden in air freshener

A drug dealer, Onyeze Obiora from Enugu, Nigeria has been busted at the SAHCO export shed at the Lagos airport, while attempting to smuggle Cocaine and phenacetin concealed in packs of air freshener, to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Vigilant operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested Obiora on 20 March, 2023.

NDLEA’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday said Obiora’s cocaine consignment consisted of 300grams of raw cocaine and 200grams of phenacetin, a chemical agent used to adulterate and increase the volume of cocaine.

He said the substance were hid in packs of air freshener, while the suspect was promptly arrested.

He said another bid by an intending passenger to Reggio, Italy, Osasere MacDonald, to export 500grams of tramadol 225mg concealed inside a carton of indomie noodles on Tuesday 21st March was equally frustrated by vigilant officers who seized the drugs and arrested him.

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“On the same day, operatives of the Tincan Port command of the Agency also intercepted 107 kilograms of Cannabis Indica popularly known as Colorado hidden in a container bearing four used vehicles imported from Toronto, Canada. Few days later, Friday 24th March, Apapa Command of Customs Service was able to apprehend and hand over to NDLEA two suspects: Ademola Adekunle and Dayo Olatunji linked to the consignment.

“In Edo, operatives on Friday 24th March intercepted in Auchi, Etsako West LGA, a DAF trailer marked ZUR 378 XJ (Kebbi) with 69 bags of Cannabis Sativa weighing 700kg concealed under bags of fertiliser.

“While the bags of fertiliser were to be delivered in Funtua, Katsina state, the cannabis consignment was to be dropped in Kaduna.

“Both the driver of the truck, Babangida Mande and his assistant Mandir Abdullahi are already in custody. Another suspect, Ijarekhai Ogbewee was arrested on Thursday 23rd March at Ishokha Quarters, Otuo, Owan East LGA, with 32kg of the same substance,” he said.

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