The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday said it has uncovered a drug trafficking cartel at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA) Enugu, Nigeria.
The ring consisted of some NDLEA and airline staff.
The NDLEA staff indicted, Daniel Goska and Ndubuisi Ughor are still at large and have been declared wanted.
“Other suspected members of the group include Ifeanyichukwu Dayson; Emmanuel Okorie an Operations manager with Ethiopian Airline; Henry Amaechi, a Supervisor, Passenger Service Department of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc; and Jacob Ezeugwu a ticket and baggage staff at the airport," the agency stated.
NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, in the statement described the mode of operation of the drug cartel as strange but was pleased that it was exposed and ultimately dislodged."
From the statement, the activities of the group were exposed when narcotic officials aborted the exportation of 74.7kg of narcotic drug that tested positive for Ephedrine.
“The drug was packed in three bags. Two of the bags weighing 50.7kg were destined for Maputo, Mozambique while the third bag weighing 24kg was destined for Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 74.7kg of Ephedrine have been properly marked as exhibits and tendered as evidence before a Federal High Court sitting in Enugu.
It was gathered from investigation that whenever the cartel had a consignment of drug, the airline operations manager will identify passengers on the flight whose bags are weighing less and tag the luggage in their names.
Once this is done, they will contact their partners at the airport of final destination with the tag numbers to receive the consignments.
These findings were further corroborated by the statements of the innocent passengers whose names were used to tag the bags containing the 74.7kg of Ephedrine.
When invited for questioning, it was discovered that they had no knowledge of the bags tagged in their names,” the statement stated.
Just imagine the trouble those innocent people could have gotten into on arrival in a foreign country when they unknowingly shipped DRUGS.