The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday said its offensive against drug barons and cartels in the country has yielded another positive result with the seizure of 40 parcels of cocaine weighing 43.11kg, with an estimated street value of N32 billion.
According to the Commander, Tincan Port Command of the NDLEA, Sumaila Ethan, the consignment containing the illicit drug had been placed under surveillance by operatives at the Tincan Command for some days until two clearing agents showed up on Monday to clear it.
He said the two clearing agents were immediately arrested and the consignment, which was brought into Nigeria from Brazil onboard a vessel marked MV Spar Scorpio, properly searched.
“It was in the process of discharging the bulk cargo in the ship that our officers that were there on surveillance were able to see what was going on. And from there we brought other officers and we were able to take charge of the exhibit,” Mr Ethan said.
The Tincan port seizure is coming on the heels of similar discoveries at the Lagos and Abuja airports, as well as from the FCT, Edo, Katsina, Nasarawa, and Benue State Commands within the last three weeks.