Narcotic officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos have detected parcels of cocaine hidden inside the soles of shoes. The consignment of shoes where the cocaine was discovered was said to have originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The owner of the luggage has been arrested while two other suspected drug traffickers that tested positive and excreted narcotics are also being investigated. A white powdery substance found to be cocaine with a total weight of 3.950kgs was seized from the suspects.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos Airport, Ahmadu Garuba said that one of the suspects concealed the drugs inside shoe soles while the remaining two ingested wraps of cocaine. They are Mbatugosi Paul Ifechukwu, 32 year old caught with 1.950kgs of cocaine hidden inside shoe soles, Adugba Ugochukwu Godson, 34-year-old who ingested 1.50kgs of cocaine on his way to Sydney, Australia and Onuoha Friday Dominic, 42-year-old, found to have ingested 850 grammes of cocaine from Brazil.
Mbatugosi Paul Ifechukwu who used to sell shoes at Enugu said that he was introduced into drug trafficking by a friend he met in Brazil. “In 2015, I travelled to Brazil in search of better opportunities. While in Brazil, I worked as a barber to earn a living. After 15months, I was disappointed because I had nothing, so I decided to look for money and start exporting shoes to Nigeria. It was in the process of looking for capital that a friend introduced me into drug trafficking”.
“My friend bought the shoes and put the drugs inside 13 pairs. This is my first time and I was caught” Mbatugosi stated.
The second suspect, Adugba Ugochukwu Godson who ingested 1.150kgs of cocaine said that he wanted to visit his wife in Sydney, Australia when he was caught. “I was travelling to visit my wife who lives in Australia when a friend introduced me to drug trafficking. Initially, I turned down the idea initially but he convinced me that I wouldn’t be caught and promised me $15,000.