Pakistani Bags 18 Months Imprisonment For Heroin Importation

Pakistani Bags 18 Months Imprisonment For Heroin ImportationA Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi in Lagos State has sentenced a Pakistani, Iftikhar M. Arslan, to 18 months imprisonment for importing 25.400kg of high heroin valued at 220million Naira.

The development was revealed in a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ofoyeju Mitchell.

The convict was charged with a one count charge of unlawful importation of 25.400kg of heroin contrary to and punishable under section 11(a) of the NDLEA Act Cap N30, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Iftikhar who claimed to be a medical student, initially pleaded not guilty but changed his plea midway in the trial, pleading for leniency.

Contrarily, his argument was opposed by NDLEA Prosecutor, Mr Owens Fingere, who told the court that the value of the drugs and the fact of the case should be considered in sentencing him.

The presiding judge, Justice Chukwujewu Aneke, while noting that the convict was a first time offender who was remorseful over his action, stated that heroin was a dangerous drug that would have caused serious harm to the country.

The judge said that the court would show some leniency considering the fact that he is a student who deserves a second chance to correct his mistakes. Subsequently, he sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment on Monday.

Iftikhar was arrested by officials of the anti-drug agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, on April 5, 2014 at age 19 during the inward screening of passengers on a Qatar Airways flight on his way from Doha, Qatar.

“I am a student of Punjab College and I am in Nigeria as a tourist because my friend told me that Victoria Island and Ikoyi are beautiful tourist centres.

“Unfortunately, when I arrived at the Lagos Airport, the heroin was found in my luggage. This is my first time of coming to Nigeria and I had intended to spend a week or two,” Iftikihar reportedly told investigators during his arrest.

The brownish substance that tested positive for heroin was packed in 25 parcels hidden in a smaller bag inside his luggage.

NDLEA Arrests 89 Suspects, Seizes 15 Tons Of Illicit Drugs In Kaduna

ndleaThe National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, has arrested 89 persons for drug related offences and seized over 15 tons of illicit drug substances worth over 100 million Naira from drug addicts and peddlers between January to June.

The state NDLEA Commander, Mr Samuel Azige, stated this on Friday while addressing reporters.

Mr Azige said that the suspects were arrested in various raids and mop-up conducted by the agency at various parts of the state.

He explained that the seizure was the highest ever made by the agency in the entire Northern Nigeria.

The commander also said the illicit substances including cannabis, rophenol, cough syrup, tramadol and heroin were seized from the drug traffickers, while the agency also uncovered and destroyed a cannabis farm in Kachia Local Government Area of the state, with the owner arrested.

Mr Azige further told the reporters that the agency had secured 33 convictions and 23 suspects were counselled within the period under review.

Lamenting the harm being done to the society by drug trafficking and consumption, the NDLEA Commander noted that majority of the crimes being committed in the country were drug related.

He, however, called on parents to monitor the activities of their children.

Arrested Nigeria woman sets new record in drug smuggling – US Customs

A Nigerian woman, Bola Adebisi s who last weekend set an unfortunate record at the Dulles International Airport when she tried to smuggle almost five pounds of Heroin into the United States of America has been charged to court.

Customs officials who arrested the 52-year-old woman said she ingested 180 thumb-sized pellets filled with $150,000 worth of heroin. She is charged with drug smuggling in federal court.

Officers became suspicious Saturday when Ms Adebisi said she was coming to the U.S. to visit her brother, but couldn’t describe him. A routine pat-down found her stomach to be abnormally rigid. An X-ray revealed the pellets and she was taken to the hospital.

A public defender declined to comment.

The previous record for an ingested drug seizure at Dulles occurred last year, when another Nigerian was discovered with more than four pounds of pellets.