The 24.5kg heroin consignment is worth N294million

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has foiled an attempt by a suspected drug syndicate to smuggle 24.5kg of heroin concealed in carpets, into the country.

The yet-to-be-claimed consignment, described in the airway bill as Pakistani hand-knotted new woollen carpets, came in from Lahore, Pakistan.

A statement from the agency, signed by Ofoyeju Mitchell, Public Affairs Head, stated that the cargo arrived at the Murtala  Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, via an Emirates flight from Karachi airport, unaccompanied.

The drug, estimated to be worth N294 million, was said to be the first discovery of an attempt to conceal smuggled drugs in carpets in the country.

The Agency’s Airport Commander, Hamza Umar, said the discovery was made when the consignment was searched by officials a week after it arrived.

He said the cargo had been abandoned by the importers and that the search was conducted “when nobody came to claim it”.

“In all, there were twelve pieces of carpets, but only six contained heroin. The heroin was prepared into tiny bits inside plastic hollow treads and weaved in a way that makes it difficult to detect unless it is un-fastened,? he added.

Umar also added that the information on the airway bill was found to be incorrect by investigators.

Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA Chairman, who described the seizure as breath-taking, promised to unveil the importers.  

?The drug syndicate did their best concealing the drug but it was not good enough to go undetected. If drug barons will not lack concealment methods, we also will not be tired in detecting narcotics,” he said.

“This seizure is unique because it is the least place anyone will go to in search for narcotics. We shall continue with investigation until those behind the illegal shipment are brought to book.”

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