Illicit drug smugglers are developing various ingenious methods of trafficking their products of destruction everyday and Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency are also becoming more eagled-eye in detecting and stopping them in their tracks. Therefore, it was a commendable effort that men of the NDLEA at the weekend arrested an auto technician in connection with 2.655kg of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken.
The seizure was made at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos during the inward clearance of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The street value of the seized drug is about N24 million. The NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, who gave the name of the suspect as Vincent Chegini Chinweuwa, described the seizure as remarkable.
Umar explained that the suspect had given investigators useful information. “We discovered 2.655kg of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken. It is a remarkable seizure because no one would have imagined cocaine worth several millions inside roasted chicken,” Hamza stated. During interrogation, the suspect said he thought that the drug will not be detected.
Chinweuwa said: “It took me three days to pack the cocaine inside the roasted chicken. I was confident that the drug will not be detected. 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. I wanted some money to start any business of my choice back home.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed upon arrival in Lagos.” Meanwhile, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said that spectacular seizures like this will help to discourage others from the criminal drug trade. “The suspect thought his mode of drug concealment was perfect but we proved him wrong. Several drugs cleverly hidden by drug barons have been discovered and we shall continue to detect drugs regardless of the mode of concealment,” Giade said.
The suspect, who hails from Imo State, will soon be charged to court. Imagine if his illegal concealment had passed through undetected? What is just wrong with people? His ‘disappointment’ has only just started as he will be even more disappointed at the state of our prisons when he is finally convicted and sent there.