Brazil returnee feigns sickness to evade arrest, excretes 60 wraps of cocaine in custody

Drug suspect arrested by NDLEA operatives
Drug suspect arrested by NDLEA operatives


By OLA MUDOPE, Lagos –

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Brazil returnee, Udechukwu Ekene Theophilus at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Ikeja Lagos for ingesting 60 big wraps of cocaine.

The NDLEA spokesman, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday via the agency’s verified X (formerly Twitter) handle, @NDLEA_Nigeria.

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Mr. Babafemi said the suspect who was arrested during inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian Airlines flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the D-Arrival Hall of the Lagos airport on Sunday 21st January 2024, initially refused to undergo body scan, raising health concerns in a desperate bid to evade arrest.


According to him, “When he was however offered other options, he accepted to be placed on excretion observation and shortly after he was ushered into NDLEA observatory, he excreted the first set of cocaine pellets, after which he expelled a total of 60 wraps of the class A drug weighing 1.279 kilograms in five excretions.

“In his statement, Udechukwu claimed he ingested the consignment in Brazil and was to discharge everything at the airport in Addis Ababa but could only excrete 15 pellets which he handed over to another member of his syndicate before his connecting flight to Nigeria was called.

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