Monday, March 1, 2021

Suspected drug trafficker held with N1bn cocaine

A suspected trans-border drug trafficker, Nkem Timothy, alias Auwalu Audu, has been taken into custody in Sokoto by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The Nation

Timothy, 36, was apprehended at the weekend while trying to cross to Algeria through Niger Republic with 62 wraps of substances suspected to be cocaine, officials said.

The illicit drug was neatly concealed inside yoghurt bottles.

Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja Femi Babafemi, who made this known in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said the substance which weighed 1.550kg, has an estimated street value of about N1billion.

Babafemi said according to the acting state Commander of NDLEA in Sokoto, Bamidele Segun, the suspect was intercepted on a motorcycle around the baggage area at Illela border while trying to cross to Niger Republic.

The suspect, he said, resides in Algeria.

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