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Two Arrested at Airport with a Million Worth Canned Cocaine


Two Brazilians have been arrested by officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over unlawful importation of canned, whitish substance that tested positive for cocaine.

The suspects were Dias Dos Santos Marcia Cristina, 36, found with 9.400kg of cocaine in her bag and Lima Pereira Erick Diego, 20, found with 14.465kg of cocaine in his bag.

A statement from the agency said the suspects who claimed to be tourists were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos with the canned cocaine in the midst personal effects inside their luggage.

NDLEA said the total weight of the cocaine seizure is 23.865kg with an estimated street value of about N310 million.

NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said:,

“Two Brazilian drug suspects, a male and a female have been arrested with cocaine at the arrival hall of the airport. The arrest took place during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirates flight. The suspects travelled together from Sao Paulo, Brazil. During search operation, a total of 23.865kg of cocaine was found on them.”

NDLEA said it had also concluded arrangement to arraign the suspects in court; however, the suspects said that they were in Nigeria to visit several tourist attraction centres.