The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a nursing mother who claimed to be a part-time 400-level student of International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Benin, Mariam Adetilewa Dirisu, for trafficking in 5kg skunk and 8.1grams of Molly.
Mariam’s arrest is coming barely a week after she was arrested and granted bail for attempting to smuggle drugs concealed in a cassava flour meal called ‘akpu’ into NDLEA cell for a suspect in custody.
Spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in Abuja that the 35-year-old mother of a 2 month-old baby was first arrested on 21st October by the Edo State Command of the agency.
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), had the same day directed that she be counselled and released immediately because of the young baby she was carrying.“
Curiously, a controlled delivery operation carried out by operatives of the Delta State Command of the agency on Saturday 30th October again led to the arrest of Mariam who had ordered for the drugs from Lagos even while still on bail for the earlier offence,” Babafemi said.
Also, efforts by drug cartels to export different quantities of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Cannabis to London, the United Kingdom through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos was scuttled by NDLEA operatives.
Narcotic officers of the agency had on Thursday 28th October during outward routine clearance of cargo at NAHCO export shed of the airport intercepted 20 parcels of Cocaine weighing 1.2kg concealed in packets of Zee black soap; 23 parcels of Heroin weighing 1.4kg hidden in packets of Zee black soap and 39 parcels of 2.35kg Methamphetamine concealed in Dudu -Osun black soap packets.
Few days earlier, on October 21, a similar cargo had been intercepted at the NAHCO shed of the MMIA, where 7.35kgs of Cannabis concealed inside some tablets of Dudu Osun black soap were recovered.
No fewer than three suspects have so far been arrested in connection to the seizures.