Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested an auto technician, Vincent Chinweuwa, for allegedly hiding 2.655kg of cocaine hidden inside roasted chicken.
The seizure was made at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos during the inward clearance of passengers on a Turkish Airline flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil on Friday.
The agency said street value of the seized drug was about N24m.
The NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, described the seizure as “remarkable.”
“It is a remarkable seizure because no one would have imagined cocaine worth several millions inside roasted chicken,” Hamza stated.
When he was interrogated, the suspect reportedly said he thought that the drug would not be detected.
“It took me three days to pack the cocaine inside the roasted chicken. I was confident that the drug will not be detected. I have been living in Brazil since 2006. Life has been stressful because I cannot even visit my wife in Nigeria due to lack of money. I wanted some money to start any business of my choice back home. Unfortunately, I was disappointed upon arrival in Lagos,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Ahmadu Giade, said spectacular seizures of this nature would help discourage others from the criminal drug trade.
“The suspect thought his mode of drug concealment was perfect but we proved him wrong. Several drugs cleverly hidden by drug barons have been discovered and we shall continue to detect drugs regardless of the mode of concealment,” Giade assured.
The suspect who hails from Imo State will soon be charged to court.