The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Saturday arrested an expectant woman at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
However, it turned out that the woman, identified as Dorothy Onyeka, a 41-year-old mother of three, was not expecting another child. Rather, she faked the pregnancy by wrapping 86 pellets of white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine around her abdomen.
A statement issued by Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, the agency’s spokesman said that: “The drug was intercepted during the inward screening of passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“The substance has a total weight of 1.720 kilogrammes with an estimated street value of N20.6 million,” the statement said.
The statement quoted the NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, as saying that the wraps of cocaine would have been easily mistaken for pregnancy.
“It was discovered that the suspect kept 86 wraps of cocaine inside a waist bag which was tied to her stomach.
“Unfortunately, the drug was detected by NDLEA officers on her arrival from Dubai. The drug was immediately packed and weighed in her presence.
“It had a gross weight of 1.720 kilogrammes,” Ahmadu stated.
The statement further quoted the chairman of the agency, Mr Muhammad Abdallah, as describing the recent drug seizures at this airport a welcome development that was capable of forcing drug cartels to a retreat.
“In the past few days, the NDLEA has recorded numerous arrests and drug seizures at the Lagos airport.
“The drug cartels have also suffered huge losses from these operations. This particular suspect feigned pregnancy with wraps of cocaine but vigilant narcotic agents caught her.
“Some of the suspects recently apprehended concealed drugs in their socks and luggage while others ingested wraps of cocaine in disregard of the danger to their health.
“In spite of their craftiness, we are daily stopping them from perpetrating their criminal act and forcing them to a retreat.
“She will be charged to court soon,” Abdallah said