55-yr-old woman caught, discarged 82 wraps of cocaine

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A 55-year-old woman, arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, last week, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,  Abuja, has  excreted the last wrap of cocaine she ingested. 

The suspect, Mrs Binuyo Basari Iyabo, who has been  under observation, reportedly  excreted 82 wraps of cocaine weighing 931grammes which street value is estimated at N10 million. 

She was arrested during the outward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight to Dubai en-route Medina, after testing positive for drug ingestion. She was on her way to Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage.

 During interrogation, the suspect, a trader in Lagos and mother of three from Irepodun local government area of Kwara State, was said to have revealed that she was offered N1m to traffic the drug. 

Hamisu informed that  drug trafficking was  punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, adding that arrangement had been concluded for her prosecution. 

Describing  her action as shameful and discreditable, the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallahi, said:  “It is a shameful and discreditable act for a 55-year-old mother, going on holy pilgrimage, to ingest narcotics. 

The agency shall invoke the powers of the law against her and others caught indulging in production/trafficking in narcotic drugs”. 

She said : “I wanted to expand my cosmetic business but I have no money. My sponsor offered to foot my expenses to Saudi on pilgrimage. I wanted to decline but it was late. Besides, I was offered a million naira which I accepted. This was how I got involved in the act. I swallowed the drug in Lagos and took a flight to Abuja on my way to Medina but I was caught in the process” . 

The agency’s boss  therefore called on members of the public not to get involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activities capable of exposing them to ridicule and undermining their good reputation.