Monday, September 21, 2009

Drug traffickers stuff cocaine in roasted chicken


29-year old Owolabi Opeyemi was arrested for drug trafficking at the departure lounge of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mr. Opeyemi who claimed to be a trader in Mumbai, India was about to board an Ethiopian airline flight to India when he was called aside for mandatory baggage screening. As screening of his bag was about to start, Owolabi confidently took the cocaine stuffed roasted chicken out of his bag, took a few bites then handed it to a Mr. Lekan Fagbemi who claimed to be his brother as the screening ensued.

With the screening completed and nothing incriminating found in his luggage, he was cleared to board. As Owolabi proceeded, he reached out and collected his roasted chicken. But was unaware that NDLEA (National Drug Law Enforcement Agency) agents were keeping a close eye on him.

As Owolabi was triumphantly waving goodbye to his accomplices, he was swiftly pulled aside by NDLEA agents who wittingly asked to have some of the roasted chicken. The agents found 3.55kg of cocaine stuffed in the chicken and Owolabi was arrested on the spot. His cohorts were also arrested as they were about to get on a Taxi.

Owolabi broke down in tears and confessed to the crime when NDLEA agents presented his accomplices to him. He blamed hardship for his predicament.

Airport Commander of the agency, Mr. Victor Cole Shower was amusingly impressed with the attempt of concealment and called it "superb". He also said "drug pushers are daily devising means of perpetrating their devilish act".


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