R65m co­caine haul un­cov­ered at Nige­rian air­port

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LAGOS: Nige­rian anti-drug of­fi­cers found 9.15kg of co­caine worth $4.7 mil­lion (R64.7m) “fac­tory-packed” inside a new pair of shoes that ar­rived at Abuja air­port on a flight from Brazil, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day.

It was Nige­ria’s big­gest drug seizure of 2016.

West African na­tions are of­ten used as tran­sit points by in­ter­na­tional gangs mov­ing drugs be­tween South Amer­ica and Europe.

Nige­ria’s drug en­force­ment agency said a 34-year-old Nige­rian mo­tor­cy­cle parts dealer was ar­rested after the dis­cov­ery of the co­caine dur­ing a screen­ing of pas­sen­gers and lug­gage ar­riv­ing on a flight from Sao Paulo.

“It is our sin­gle big­gest seizure of co­caine in the past year. “We have had big­ger seizures of metham­phetamine, but for co­caine this is a big seizure.

“And the mode of con­tain­ment was in­ge­nious.

“It was a fac­tory-packed con­ceal­ment be­cause they were brand new footwear,” Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency spokesman Ofoyeju Mitchell said.

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