Nigerian arrested with cocaine after being convicted of narcotics trafficking in Brazil
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) discovered 24 cocaine packets hidden in Rivers.
They were hidden in 12 lawn mower tyres that were imported through Port Harcourt International Airport.
Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, a Brazilian returnee, recently completed a prison sentence in his home country for cocaine trafficking.
The 45-year-old ex-convict is from Idemili South LGA in Anambra State, according to NDLEA spokesman Femi Babafemi.
He was detained at the Port Harcourt Airport after arriving from Brazil on Qatar Airlines aircraft QR1433.
Okechukwu served his drug-related prison sentence in March 2022. He brought in 4.56 kilograms of narcotics.
According to Babafemi, the two packets in one of the first lawn mower’s tyres say “O LORD” and “HAVE MERCY.”
The inscriptions “IN GOD” and “WE TRUST” are written on one of the second mower’s tyres, while others have “IJIOMA” and “186.6” written on them.
One of the suspect’s church members allegedly gave him the lawn mowers to bring to his brother in Port Harcourt.
Last week, 37,876 pills of pharmaceutical opioids, primarily Tramadol; 10,884 bottles of codeine; and 825.016 kg of cannabis sativa were recovered in Zamfara, Kogi, Rivers, Kaduna, and Kano.