Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday, arrested a 33-year-old man with a letter laden with 480 grammes of heroine in Lagos.
The suspect, Mr. Yunusa Amusan, was apprehended in connection with the heroine-laden letter, which was sent from Bengaluru, India, on Express Mail Service, EMS, and was addressed to him in Mushin, Lagos.
Speaking on the arrest, NDLEA Director of Operations and General Investigation, Mr. Mabo Olugbenga, affirmed that the suspect was apprehended following surveillance report on his illicit drug activities.
Mr. Olugbenga stressed that the suspect was arrested after collecting the letter, adding that the illicit smuggling of narcotic drugs under the guise of letters was reported and closely monitored by officials of the agency, which led to the arrest.
He said: “The illicit smuggling of narcotic drugs under the guise of letters was reported and closely monitored by the agency. It was confirmed that Mr. Yunusa Amusan was recruited by his uncle, who lives in India, to take delivery of heroin concealed in letters.
“The suspect was arrested after collecting the letter and further investigation is ongoing.”
Meanwhile, Chairman of NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), said that the arrest was recorded following the diversification of the agency’s operations.
He said: “The operations of the agency have been diversified to cover mail services. Drug control is an intelligence-led operation and NDLEA, under my dispensation, will spread its tentacles to all possible areas of narcotic smuggling.
“We will not relent in taking deliberate and sustained efforts towards preventing drug trafficking under any guise in the country; be it by air, land and water.”
Abdallah emphasised that the agency was prepared to prosecute the suspect and any other person linked to the case.
I only run errands
for my uncle—SUSPECT
The suspect, Mr. Amusan, who is a technician, said he has been running errands for his uncle who lives in India.
He said: “I run errands for my uncle. He used to send money and letters to me to give to his wives and friends. Sometimes he will ask me to buy foodstuff and send to him and in return, he gives me money to take care of myself.
“I am single and a native of Ogun State. After my Junior Secondary School, I could not further my education. I learned how to repair television sets but could not rent a shop.
“The letter was opened in my presence and it was found to contain heroin.” Vanguard