NDLEA Intercepts Largest Heroin Consignment At Lagos Airport

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has arrested members of an organised criminal organisation that specialises in trafficking heroin across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe, and America.

NDLEA revealed the interception of the consignment which weighed 51.90Kg on February 12, 2024, was the single largest heroin consignment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.This was revealed by the 

Chairman of NDLEA, Buba Marwa, while briefing reporters on Tuesday in Lagos, stressing that the operation was the single largest seizure of heroin at the airport.

Marwa disclosed that the consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines, noting that there was a parallel between the seizure and the September 18, 2022, seizure of 2,139.5kg cocaine in a warehouse in the Ikorodu area of the state, which he described as the biggest singular cocaine seizure in the history of NDLEA.

According to him, four cartel members linked to the recent seizure were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by the NDLEA operatives.

He said, “NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command intercepted a suspicious package at the SAHCO Import Shed of the airport’s Cargo Terminal. The consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines. Each carton was stocked with three blocks of high-grade heroin. In total, we recovered 45 blocks of the illicit substance with a total weight of 49.70kg.

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