The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday announced that its sniffer dogs had discovered 16 kg of heroin, valued at N160 million, allegedly abandoned by drug traffickers.
This was contained in a statement signed by the agency’s spokesman, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to Ofoyeju, the high grade heroin was abandoned by a suspected drug syndicate at the National Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Shed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos.
``The sniffer dogs of the NDLEA have recorded their first major seizure of narcotics this year. Anti-narcotic agents had placed the consignment under surveillance following the alert signal of the dogs.
``The operation led to the ultimate abandonment of 16 kg of high-grade heroin by a suspected drug syndicate at the National Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Shed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos.
``The brownish substance that tested positive for heroin, weighing 16 kg, was packed in white, transparent polythene and hidden inside metal pipes.
``The drug, which was industrially packed, was brought as cargo on a KLM flight from the Republic of Iran,” the statement said.
It added that the agency had launched a full-scale investigation into the alleged importation. (NAN)