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NDLEA arrests man with drugs stuffed inside tin tomato

A 26-year-old man has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for alleged drug trafficking. The suspect, identified as Nzeka Chika, who was heading to Malaysia, was caught with over 1.800kg of methamphetamine worth over N5 million, stuffed into tin tomatoes at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos.
he suspect who claimed to be ignorant of death sentence for drug offenders in Malaysia is being interrogated by anti-narcotic agents over unlawful exportation of the drugs. Officers of the agency who made the arrest at the weekend following the discovery of drugs inside tomato paste at Lagos, Nigeria, said the suspect is cooperating with investigators.

According to a source, the drug which was industrially packaged in two big tin tomato containers, clothes and foodstuff was detected during the outward screening of an Egypt Air flight to Malaysia at the Lagos airport . NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar who gave the name of the suspect, as Nzeka Chika, a commercial motorcycle rider in Okigwe, Imo State said he was still under interrogation.

"The two big tin tomato pastes with 1.8kg of methamphetamine were in Nzeka's bag containing clothes and foodstuff like yams, rice, beans, garri and spaghetti. The food items were meant to distract officers from the tomato pastes" Hamza stated.

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