National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Operatives, 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.
NDLEA Director of Operations and General Investigation, Mr. Mabo Olugbenga, confrimed that the suspect was apprehended following surveillance report on his illicit drug activities.
Mr. Olugbenga 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 was vehement in his statement that the agency is prepared to take on and prosecute anyone related to the case.