Four Hajj pilgrims nabbed with 2.2kg cocaine in Lagos hotel

Four Hajj pilgrims nabbed with 2.2kg cocaine in Lagos hotel

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Wednesday intercepted a cocaine shipment at the Emerald Hotel, Ladipo, Oshodi, Lagos, and arrested four suspects attempting to smuggle the drug to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage.

The development was made known in a statement, on Thursday, by the anti-narcotics agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi.

According to the statement, the suspects, Usman Kamorudeen (31); Olasunkanmi Owolabi (46); Fatai Yekini (38), and Ayinla Kemi (34), had prepared 200 cocaine pellets (2.20kg) to ingest before their flight.

Babafemi said, “Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have raided Emerald Hotel, Ladipo area of Oshodi, Lagos State where some intending pilgrims to the ongoing hajj in Saudi Arabia were lodged and caught in the act of ingesting wraps of cocaine ahead of their flight to the Holy Land on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

“Those arrested during the intelligence-led operation include Usman Kamorudeen, 31; Olasunkanmi Owolabi, 46; Fatai Yekini, 38; and a lady, Ayinla Kemi, 34.

Four Hajj pilgrims nabbed with 2.2kg cocaine in Lagos hotel
Four Hajj pilgrims nabbed with 2.2kg cocaine in Lagos hotel

“The four suspects were lodged in two rooms in the hotel where they had prepared 200 pellets of cocaine weighing 2.20kg to swallow when the NDLEA officers stormed their rooms.

“100 wraps of the Class A substance were recovered from each of the two rooms bringing the total seizure to 200 wraps. Two suspects were to swallow 100 wraps each.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, has revealed that the agency will work with its counterparts in Saudi Arabia to ensure that the designated recipients of the seized illicit drug consignments in any part of Saudi Arabia are also traced and dealt with accordingly.

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