Customs seizes cocaine at airport

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has detected a substance suspected to be hard drugs in a consignment containing various spares and household goods packaged for export to Gabon.

The suspected agent of the illicit substance, Nyeaka Anslem, has being detained by the Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The command’s spokesperson, Deputy Superintendent of Customs Thelma Williams, said the substances were detected during a joint examination by customs officers led by Toyin Momoh, a Deputy Superintendent of Customs, and other agencies.

The agencies include State Security Services (SSS), Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) and the Police anti-bomb squad.

Williams, who said five wraps of the substance were found concealed in a stabilizer, explained that tests by the NDLEA confirmed the substance, which weighed 600 grammes, to be cocaine.

She further explained that the package in which the hard drug was uncovered was in NDLEA’s custody, adding that the remaining five packages of the consignment had been transferred to government warehouse pending further investigation.

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