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Nigerian music producer arrested with 4.95kg of cocaine
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested 3 South Africa-based Nigerians, among them a mother of 7, with drugs suspected to be methamphetamine, with an estimated street value at N374 million. Also arrested was a 44-year-old Asaba-based music producer, who smuggled in 4.95kg of substance suspected to be cocaine. The suspects, who were arrested at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, allegedly concealed the substance in security lamps, silicon sealants and foodstuff.
According to the NDLEA airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, he said: “Those apprehended are Chukwuenyem, 48 years old, with 21.695kg of methamphetamine hidden inside his bag; Kelvin, 37, caught with 9.980kg of methamphetamine hidden inside solar security lamps; Deborah, 40, found with 5kg of methamphetamine hidden inside foodstuff and Michael, 44, with 4.95kg of cocaine hidden inside silicon sealants. Apart from Michael, who was coming from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with 4.95kg of cocaine, the other three suspects were trying to smuggle methamphetamine to South Africa where they reside.”
When interrogated, the music producer(Michael), who was on his way from Brazil also claimed he was given a bag in Brazil without knowing its content. In his words: “I am a music producer. I travelled to Brazil to promote my music label and to partner other producers. I had a successful deal but on my way back, I accepted a bag from a friend I met in Sao Paulo to take to Nigeria. When I got here, NDLEA demanded to search and 29 out of the 34 sealants were found to contain cocaine. This is a major setback for my career and I feel very bad.”