Lady Found with Heroin in Hair
Lagos — Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a 31-year old lady with 14 wraps of heroin stuffed inside her hair.
The suspect, Ms. Angela Okiri, who hails from Oredo in Edo State, also ingested 56 wraps of the drug and packed 22 other wraps inside a sanitary pad in her handbag. She was caught with a total of 92 wraps of heroin weighing 930 grammes, the agency said.
NDLEA's Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, said in a statement yesterday that Angela, who has lived in Bergamo, Italy, for the last 11 years and worked there as a labourer, was apprehended at the departure lounge of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, while attempting to board an Alitalia flight to Italy.
The suspect, whose final destination would have been Torino, claimed that friends introduced her to the drug business after being jobless for several months due to the economic recession.
"Having lost my job for some months, I am now into trading but things are difficult. I wanted some money to expand my business. They gave me 92 wraps, out of which I could only swallow 56. So, I hid some in my handbag and some in my hair. I thought they would not see them. They would have paid me 4,000 Euros."
The Chief Executive of the NDLEA Alhaji Ahmadu Giade called for more public support for the agency. While reaffirming the commitment of the Nigerian government to the anti-narcotics crusade, he said all drug trafficking syndicates would be brought to book. Giade stressed that the agency would leave no stone unturned in the fight against illicit drugs and that intense undercover operations are ongoing to dismantle more illegal drug cartels.
The anti-narcotics agency also arrested three other suspects with various quantities of cocaine. While one of the suspects was caught attempting to smuggle narcotics into the country from Brazil, the other two were arrested on their way to Europe.
The suspects are Anekwe Anthony Ugochukwu, 28, Anisiebo Innocent Arinze, 45 and Esimone Christopher Amanchukwu, 33.
Author: Kayode Ekundayo
Date: 17th November 2009