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Two clearing agents arrested as NDLEA intercepts N32bn cocaine

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Two clearing agents have been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in connection with the importation of cocaine worth N32 billion.

The Cocaine, seized at the Tincan Port in Lagos, was said to have been discovered in a consignment by operatives of NDLEA, after it arrived Nigeria from Brazil on board a vessel marked MV SPAR SCORPIO.

The consignment, the agency said, was placed on surveillance for some days before two clearing agents showed up on Monday to clear it.

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Speaking on the development, the Commander, Tincan Port Command of the NDLEA, Sumaila Ethan, said the clearing agents were arrested, while the consignment was searched and the substance weighing 43.11kg was found in it.

He said: “After a thorough search, we discovered 40 compressed parcels, which after laboratory investigations, tested positive for cocaine. The two clearing agents have been taken into custody, while we continue with the investigation. The seizure is no doubt an attestation to the renewed vigour in the operations of the agency.

“The Tincan Port seizure followed the various seizures made at the Lagos and Abuja airports as well as in Edo, Katsina, Nasarawa and Benue states in the last three weeks.”

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