NDLEA Uncovers New Tricks Used By Drug Smugglers... Arrests Two At Lagos Airport

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed Int'l Airport, Lagos, have arrested two suspects for drug trafficking.

The agency also uncovered new tricks by drug trafficking cartels to circumvent security checks.

A suspected drug trafficker, Roland Chukwudi Tochukwu, 37, who was apprehended for importing 2.045kg of heroin from Nairobi, Kenya, was found in possession of a fake travel ticket indicating that he was coming from China.

Another suspect, Maduka Nnemeka Peter, 39, was also caught attempting to export 1.555kg of cocaine to Dubai. Preliminary investigation by NDLEA revealed that Tochukwu deliberately replaced his ticket with a fake one showing that he was coming from China instead of Nairobi.

This was intended to place him on a low risk profile but his expectations were dashed as the heroin concealed inside his luggage was detected during screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight.

NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, while explaining reasons for the falsification of the ticket, said drugs are more expensive in Asia.

“The suspect wanted to distract the attention of officers by presenting himself as coming from China while he actually took off from Nairobi. This is because, it is economically unwise to bring narcotics from China where the price is far higher than here in Nigeria. Heroin weighing 2.045kg was found inside the luggage of Tochukwu while Maduka Nnemeka Peter also concealed 1.555kg of cocaine in his luggage on his way to Dubai on an Etihad flight,” the commander stated.

Tochukwu, a trader in Onitsha and married with three children, said his friend introduced him into drug trafficking.

“This was the plan of my friend who introduced me into drug trafficking. I sell clothes in Onitsha but my business is as good as dead due to the economic recession. My friend that I contacted for financial assistance requested that I bring a bag containing heroin from Nairobi. The fake ticket was the plan of my friend who assured me that I will never be caught,” he stated.

Peter, an automobile parts dealer based in Aba with his wife and two children, said family problem pushed him into drug trafficking.

“I lost goods worth N4 million few years ago and since then my life has been a shadow of itself. I smuggled the drug for the sum of N200, 000 to solve family problem,” he stated.


  1. If your business is as good as dead shouldn't give you the gut indulge in illicit drug trafficking.

  2. This desperate ibo guys sha, won't stop being foolishly killed.

  3. No reason is tenable enough to get involved in any crime whatsoever. let the law take its course.

  4. They think they are smart.... NDLEA is smarter!

  5. wetin poverty dey cause sha..

  6. No matter how hard they try to conceal the illegal product they will still be caught so it's unwise for them to continue

  7. Wetin luv of moni go cause! People going extreme..

  8. Oladimeji Seun24 March, 2017 16:28

    End of the road, love of money.

  9. No eas way of to make money

  10. Too late my friend to complain. There are other things to do. You meet problem in this world and you will die and leave it behind, so is greed that push you to it. You wanted to spend money like your friend abi? Thank God is Nigeria where the officials will take bribe for your release


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