N199m cocaine concealed in perfumes, capacitors

By Evelyn Usman
Two traders, who allegedly concealed drugs suspected to be
cocaine worth 119 million naira inside capacitors and
perfumes, have been arrested by officials of National Drug
Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The duo of Daniel Marvin and Akubuo Victor,
said to have succeeded in beating security
checks in Brazil , were arrested during the
inward screening of passengers on an
Emirate Airline flight from Dubai, at the
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,
Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
However, during interrogation, they told
NDLEA officials that they were tempted by
the offer of half a million naira for the
botched trip.
The NDLEA Commander at Abuja Airport, Mr. Hamisu
Lawan, gave the names of the suspects as Daniel Marvin and
Akubuo Victor.
According to him, “Daniel Marvin, with Nigerian Passport
Number A05545613, was arrested during the inward
screening of passengers on an Emirate Airline flight from
Dubai. He was found in possession of 7.580kg of cocaine
hidden inside capacitors.
“The second suspect, Akubuo Victor was found in possession
of 5.750kg of cocaine hidden inside perfumes. Both suspects
were coming from Brazil when they were arrested.”
Twenty-nine years old Marvin, a trader from Abia State,
during interrogation, claimed that he was introduced into
drug trafficking by his childhood friend.
According to him, “I am a young man searching for business
breakthrough. In the process, my friend told me that I could
earn half a million naira by just going to Brazil.
“Aside that, he told me that they would buy my return ticket
and that all I needed to do was to bring in cocaine. He
assured that the drugs will never be detected because of the
way it was packed.
“I succeeded in passing all routes from Brazil. Unfortunately,
the drug was detected by NDLEA officers during search at
Abuja Airport.”
On his part, 26-year-old Favour Victor, said: “I am a trader in
Anambra State. But at a point, business started dwindling
and I needed to revive it.
“I was lured into drug trafficking by a friend who promised
to pay me N500,000. The drug was hidden inside new
perfume containers.
“I was told that it was a new method that will never be
detected. But it was uncovered by the NDLEA officers,” said
the father of two.
Commenting on the arrest, Chairman/Chief Executive of the
NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, assured that the agency would
continue to frustrate activities of drug barons through
superior intelligence.
He said: “These arrests and seizures are products of
superior counter-narcotic strategies.
“The agency is prepared and deeply committed to the
eradication of drug trafficking cartels through similar
intelligence driven operation.”


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