by Mitchelle Uzorka
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has reportedly found 24 parcels of cocaine concealed in 12 tyres of lawnmowers imported into the country through the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA).
Confirming the News was Mr Femi Babafemi, NDLEA Director ,Media and Advocacy, in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said has accused and arrested Brazilian returnee and ex-convict, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, who has just finished serving his jail term for drug trafficking in the South American country.
He said that the 45-year-old ex-convict from Idemili South LGA, Anambra State, was arrested at the Port Harcourt Airport on Saturday, May 7 upon his arrival from Brazil via Doha onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.
Each parcel concealed in the tyres of the three lawnmowers bears some unique inscriptions, which are believed to be means of identification of the owners of the drug.
“Two parcels in one of the tyres of the first lawnmower bear “O LORD” and “HAVE MERCY”.
“The parcels in one of the tyres of the second mower bear the inscription; “IN GOD” and “WE TRUST”, while the third mower has “IJIOMA” and “186.6” inscribed on the two parcels hidden in one of its tyres”.