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Brazil returnee nabbed with pounds of Cocaine



Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, a Nigerian who returned from Brazil-recently, has been reported to have been caught in possession with 24 parcels of cocaine concealed in 12 tyres of lawn mowers that were imported into the country through the Port Harcourt International Airport.

Amaechi, who is revealed to have been an ex convict, and had just finished serving jail term for similar offense,  is reported to have been nabbed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the PHIA.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that Okechukwu, who was arrested and convicted in Brazil for drug offences completed serving his jail sentence in March 2022, after which he decided to return to Nigeria with three new lawn mowers where he concealed 24 parcels of cocaine weighing 4.56kg.”

Femi Babafemi, NDLEA spokesman said, in a statement on Sunday, revealing the 45-year-old was from Idemili South LGA, Anambra State and was arrested at the Port Harcourt airport on Saturday 7th May upon arrival from the South American country through Doha onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.

“Curiously, each parcel concealed in the tyres of the three lawn mowers bears some unique inscriptions, which are believed to be means of identification of the owners of the drug. The two parcels in one of the tyres of the first lawn mower bear “O LORD” and “HAVE MERCY”.

“The parcels in one of the tyres of the second mower bears the inscription “IN GOD” and “WE TRUST”, while the third mower has “IJIOMA” and “186.6” inscribed on the two parcels hidden in one of its tyres,” he said.

The NDLEA spokesman further added that the trafficker claimed a church member had given him the lawn mowers to deliver to his brother in Port Harcourt.

While speaking, Mr. Babafemi charged all commands of the Agency to remain resolute in their war against the cartels as they undertake sensitizations to schools and communities.