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At Port Harcourt airport, the NDLEA arrests a Brazilian returnee for importing cocaine

Okechukwu Francis Amaechi

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) apprehended a Brazil returnee, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, at the Port Harcourt International Airport for drug trafficking.

Okechukwu was apprehended while attempting to smuggle 24 packets of cocaine concealed in 12 lawnmower tyres via the airport, according to NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi.

Okechukwu Francis Amaechi

According to the statement, the suspect just completed a sentence in Brazil for cocaine trafficking.

“The 45-year-old ex-convict from Idemili South LGA, Anambra State, was arrested at the Port Harcourt airport on Saturday 7th May upon his arrival from Brazil via Doha onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.

“Preliminary investigations revealed Okechukwu, who was arrested and convicted in Brazil for drug offences, completed serving his jail sentence in March 2022, after which he decided to return to Nigeria with three new lawnmowers where he concealed 24 parcels of cocaine weighing 4.56kg.

“Curiously, each parcel concealed in the tyres of the three lawnmowers bears some unique inscriptions, which are believed to be means of identification of the owners of the drug.

“The two parcels in one of the tyres of the first lawnmower bear “O LORD” and “HAVE MERCY”. The parcels in one of the tyres of the second mower bears the inscription “IN GOD” and “WE TRUST”, while the third mower has “IJIOMA” and “186.6.” inscribed on the two parcels hidden in one of its tyres, ” the statement said.

NDLEA Okechukwu Francis Amaechi

Okechukwu claimed one of his church members gave him the lawnmowers to send to his brother in Port Harcourt, according to the NDLEA.

The NDLEA claimed to have confiscated tonnes of Tramadol and Codeine in Zamfara, Kogi, Kaduna, and Kano, among other states.

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