Six suspected drug traffickers were saved the death sentence by the NDLEA after they were arrested with narcotics on the way to Asian countries.
It was truly an harvest of arrest of drug traffickers as officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), made a stunning arrest of six drug traffickers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu, with a huge cache dangerous drugs like cocaine and cannabis, compressed inside vegetables and shoe sole, during a routine check on passengers travelling to various locations outside the counrty.
According to the agency, two of the suspects were found in possession of cocaine while four others were caught with cannabis, and in total, 62.663kg of drugs comprising 60.55kg of cannabis and 2.113kg of cocaine were seized.
Three of the suspects, were on their way to China with the drugs with Ibeh Kevin Nonso, 46, swallowing 67 wraps of cocaine.
The only female among the suspected traffickers, Kenechukwu Ujunwa Uchenna, 27, was arrested on her way to Dubai with 11.7kg of cannabis wrapped in dried bitter leaf vegetables while one of them, Izukanne Ikenna, 33, was on his way to Hong Kong with 982 grammes of cocaine he had hidden inside the sole of Addidas shoes.
The NDLEA Commander at the Enugu airport, Adeofe Adeyemi, in a statement, said:
"The command has arrested six suspected drug traffickers with 62.663 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs. One of the suspects, Ibeh Kevin Nonso, 46-years-old, going to China, swallowed 67 wraps of cocaine weighing 1.131kilogrammes, while Izukanne Ikenna, 33-years-old, going to Hong Kong hid 982 grammes of cocaine inside the sole of his shoes.
The female, 27-year-old Kenechukwu Uchenna was arrested on her way to Dubai with 11.7kilogrammes of cannabis in dried bitter leaf vegetables.
The other suspects 30-year-old Agwu Jeremiah Kalu, was found with 25 kilogrammes of cannabis in cartons and 43-year-old Okpara Kenneth Chigozie, was caught with 7.500 kilogrammes of cannabis in his bag. Both were arrested on their way to China.
26-year-old Onyia Clinton, had 16.350 kilogrammes of cannabis in his luggage, during screening of passengers to Doha.
The suspects in their statements owned up to the crime adding that they needed money to take care of basic needs like house rent, school fees and feeding," the statement said.
Interestingly, all the locations they were headed have the death sentence for drug traffickers.