The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a Nigerian based in Brazil, Anita Ogbonna, for concealing 100 pellets of cocaine in her private part and handbag.
In a statement on Sunday by the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA said 12 wraps of cocaine inserted in her private part were extracted, while another 88 pellets stuffed in socks were discovered hidden in her handbag.
Babafemi said Ogbonna was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on her arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha in Qatar, on Friday.
He said during interrogation, Ogbonna claimed she lost her husband three years ago, adding that she confessed she decided to traffic the illicit drug to raise money for the burial of her father scheduled for 22nd July in Imo State.
The statement reads: “She said one Emeka, alias KC, also based in Brazil gave her the drug to deliver in Nigeria for a fee of $3,000.
“She said she pushed the wraps of cocaine into her private part after her attempts to swallow the pellets failed.
“The suspect, who owns a shop where she sells African foodstuffs in Brazil, further claimed she had to drop her three young children with a Kenyan lady who is her neighbour in Brazil before she embarked on the quick-money journey.”
In a related development, the NDLEA said its officers attached to a courier company intercepted 1,000 grams of Ketamine — a drug used to relieve pain or induce anaesthesia — hidden in a wooden box.
“Narcotic officers attached to a courier company in Lagos have intercepted 500grams of ketamine concealed in the walls of a wooden box filled with bitter kola that originated from Douala, Cameroon and heading to the United States of America, while another 500grams of methamphetamine hidden in automobile parts going to Australia were also seized at the firm,” the statement reads.
Reacting, NDLEA chairman, Buba Marwa, commended the operatives on their “resilience and commitment”.
“With the recent launch of the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, we must all aim for the ultimate goal of winning this battle sooner than expected,” Marwa said.