Nigeria: Guinean Lady Nabbed With Cocaine at MMIA
A 44 year old Guinean lady, Soumah Bountou has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 6.350 kilograms of substance that tested positive for pure cocaine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
Pure cocaine is one of the most expensive brands of cocaine in the global illicit drugs market. Bountou was arrested at the airport on arrival from Brazil on board an Iberian flight.
Confirming the arrest, NDLEA assistant commander at the airport, Alhaji Idris Bello said the drugs whose estimated street value is put at over N69 million is the single highest seizure of the purest cocaine made by the airport Command of the agency. He said the drug was found concealed industrially in makeup kits in the shape and size of coins and packed in two black bags.
Soumah Bountou who speaks French, told Daily Trust that she used to travel to Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Nigeria to buy clothes and wigs until she met her sponsors. She said she met the drug barons who promised to open ways for her to develop her business by sponsoring her trips and engage her in their business. She said this was her first attempt to trade on illicit drugs and that the drugs were packaged for her in Brazil believing that it will not be detected.
Shehu Abubakar20 October 2009
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