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Published On: Mon, May 19th, 2014

Nabbed drug syndicate poses as travel agent

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From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday said it discovered a drug syndicate that operates under the cover of a travel Agency.

It said two suspects members of the gang were whisked at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.

The duo were found to be in possession of 4.660kg of substances suspected to be methamphetamine at the airport car park.

NDLEA Commander at the Lagos Airport, Hamza Umar said Gwacham Emmanuel Orakwe, 25, and Alhaji Ayila Kolawole, 47 played prominent roles in the attempt to coordinate and smuggle the drug to India and apprehended at the car park.

The anti-drug agency said the drug was packed in five parcels in the bag of Gwacham who had a valid Emirate ticket to India.

It said preliminary investigation revealed that Ayila contracted Gwacham to traffic drugs to India for a fee.

The suspects have volunteered their statements to narcotic investigators.

“Whatever trick drug barons apply, we shall expose them. This arrest is important for the Agency because we have moved beyond the courier to the mastermind of the illicit exportation. Investigation is on-going and more arrests shall be made” the agency Chairman Ahmadu Giade told journalists.


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