The NDLEA said that the street value of the cocaine is N24m
A Nigerian, Vincent Chinweuwa, travelling to the country from Brazil, was arrested on Friday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos for trafficking cocaine.
Mr. Chinweuwa concealed 2.655kg of cocaine in roasted chicken which he hid inside his baggage on his Turkish airline flight from Sao Paolo, Brazil, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said.
The Lagos Airport commander of the agency, Hamza Umar, sad the drugs had a street value of N24 million.
Mr. Umar described the seizure as remarkable saying “no one would have imagined cocaine worth several millions inside roasted chicken.”
The suspect, Mr. Chinweuwa, who hails from Imo State, reportedly told the enforcement agency that it took him three days to stuff the cocaine inside the roasted chicken.
“I was confident that the drug will not be detected,” he was quoted as saying.” I have been living in Brazil since 2006. Life has been stressful because I cannot even visit my wife in Nigeria due to lack of money.”
Mr. Chinweuwa told the drug enforcement agency that he trafficked the drug because he “wanted some money to start any business of his choice back home (Nigeria).
The drug agency’s chairman, Ahmadu Giade, said his agency was ready to detect all forms of concealed drugs at the nation’s ports.
“The suspect thought his mode of drug concealment was perfect but we proved him wrong,” Mr. Giade said. “Drugs cleverly hidden by drug barons have been discovered and we shall continue to detect drugs regardless of the mode of concealment.”
The agency says it will soon arraign the suspect to court.