Law Enforcement Agency on Wednesday said it seized 146.82kg of illicit drugs between January and June at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The NDLEA Commander at the airport, Mr Garba Ahmadu, said the agency also apprehended 33 suspected traffickers at the airport during the period.
Ahmadu, who spoke during an event to mark the 2019 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Lagos, said 28 males and five females were arrested with illicit drugs at the airport.
He listed the intercepted drugs as cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis sativa, heroin and ephedrine.
He said, “They were concealed inside tomato cans, baby diapers, foodstuffs and body lotion containers as well as by ingestion. The cocaine (intercepted) weighed 15.58kg; heroin weighed 14.72kg; cannabis sativa weighed 54.14kg; methamphetamine weighed 34.24kg and ephedrine weighed 28.14kg.”
According to him, airlines can help in the fight against drug trafficking by deploying their senior officials to supervise luggage tagging.
Ahmadu said, “Some cartels connive with unscrupulous airline and ground handling employees to plant drugs in passengers’ luggage.”