Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA) have arrested two clearing agents who showed up at the Tincan Port , Lagos to clear a consignment containing 40 parcels of cocaine, weighing 43.11kg.
The estimated street value of the drug is N32billion.
Speaking to newsmen, the Commander, Tincan Port command, NDLEA, Sumaila Ethan said the operatives had the consignment on surveillance for some days and waited for the clearing agents to show up and immediately swung into action to arrest them.
Mr. Ethan noted that the agency has been on the offensive against drug barons and cartels in Nigeria with the latest seizure been proof.
He said the consignment containing the illicit drug was put under surveillance by operatives of the Tincan Command of the NDLEA for some days until two clearing agents showed up on Feb. 8, to clear it.
Mr Ethan said the two clearing agents were promptly arrested and the consignment, which was brought into Nigeria from Brazil on board a vessel marked MV SPAR SCORPIO, properly searched.
“After a thorough search, we discovered 40 compressed parcels, which after laboratory investigations tested positive to cocaine.
“The two clearing agents have been taken into custody while we continue with the investigation. The seizure is no doubt an attestation to the renewed vigour in the operations of the agency. We appreciate our Chairman, Brig.-Gen. (rtd) Buba Marwa, who provided guidance all through the operations”, the commander said.
Marwa, a former Military Administrator (MILAD) of Lagos State was recently appointed as NDLEA chairman, a move many pundits have applauded. As MILAD in Lagos, he introduced several reforms and his war against armed robbery with the creation of the anti-crime squad “Operation Sweep” would remain one of the most enduring in the state.