NDLEA Intercepts 24,311KG Of Heroin, Codeine In Lagos

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted over 24, 311 kilograms of heroin, codeine, Arizona, and Colorado variants of cannabis in fresh drug busts at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, and the Tincan seaport, Apapa, Lagos state.

The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said the first seizure was on Friday, September 3, at the SAHCO export shed of the MMIA where two consignments containing 10.350kg heroin and 25.2kg cannabis from South Africa were intercepted.

In series of sting operations between September 4 and 6, in different parts of Lagos, four suspects were arrested including Mrs. Bello Kafayat Ayo who was picked from Shino Street, in the Palmgroove area of the state.

At the Tincan seaport, Apapa, narcotic officers intercepted a 40ft container loaded with 22,590 kilograms of Barcadin Codeine syrup on Monday, September 6, following intelligence received from international partners on the container since May 2021.

“The container was also found to include 4,020.03kg of analgesic tablets and 47 cartons of insulated hot pots used to conceal the illicit drugs, all imported from India. Equally, on Friday, September 10, a consignment of Colorado weighing 17.5kg and hidden inside a Grand Caravan Dodge vehicle shipped in a 40ft container from Montreal, Canada, was also intercepted and seized at the Tincan port,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old identified as Bee Okoro has been arrested in Abuja for producing and selling drugged candies and cookies.

 

This combination photo shows some of the drugs seized by the NDLEA in various states across the country between September 1 and 10, 2021.

 

A 27-year-old dispatch rider, Idewo Raimi who handles door-to-door delivery for her was also arrested.

The suspects who were arrested at the Garki Area 11 on Friday, September 10, with a number of their drugged products and 400grams of Loud and Arizona, confessed they have been in the business for over a year.

In Edo State, a total of 1,425.2 kilograms of compressed blocks of cannabis sativa were seized in a raid on Aviosi outskirt, close to Uzebba, Owan West LGA, on Monday, September 6, while on the same day one Yahaya Mamman was nabbed along the Zaria-Danja road, Kaduna with 10.3kg Tramadol and 60.5kg Exol-6.

The previous day, Thursday, September 5, one Thank God Danladi was arrested at Tudun Wada area of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital with 44.2kg of cannabis.

In the same vein, NDLEA operatives in Kwara State on Tuesday, September 7 arrested a 36-year-old lady, Yusuf Sherifat, who recently completed a jail sentence following her conviction by a Federal High Court in Ilorin for dealing in 22 grams of crack cocaine.

Her latest arrest along Specialist Hospital Road, Alagbado, Ilorin, followed intelligence that she has resumed the sale of crack cocaine in the Ilorin metropolis.

“This time around, she devised another means of delivering drugs along the road to known customers who contact her via telephone calls,” the agency said.

In Gombe, raids across the state between September 1 and 10 led to the arrest of at least nine drug dealers, from who assorted illicit drugs weighing over 150kg were recovered.

One of the raids led to the interception of a truck loaded with 128KG of psychotropic substances coming from Onitsha, Anambra State along the Gombe-Yola road.

Reacting to the latest drug busts at the Lagos airport, Tincan seaport, and across the FCT, Edo, Kaduna, Taraba, Kwara, and Gombe states, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), commended the commanders, officers, and men of the commands for their resilience and bravery.

He said the series of arrests and seizures across the country further affirm NDLEA’s zero tolerance for production, trafficking, and abuse of any illicit substance, warning that drug dealers who are yet to have a change of heart must be ready to contend with the new NDLEA.

Taliban Leaders Vow To Ban Heroin, But Can They Survive Without It?

Noorullah Shirzada, AFP | In this photograph taken on April 17, 2018, an Afghan farmer harvests opium sap from a poppy field in the Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province.

 

Arguably the world’s largest producer of opium with as much as 16% or more of Afghanistan’s economy dependent on the cultivation and sale of opium, There has been a boom in heroin production in recent years, which has helped fund the Taliban.

Despite their promise to wean themselves off the profitable trade, experts say they will struggle in keeping the economy afloat.

Speaking Tuesday at a first press conference since taking power, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid promised that the new government would not turn the world’s leading producer of opium into a fully-fledged narco-state.

“We are assuring our countrymen and women and the international community, we will not have any narcotics produced,” Mujahid told reporters in Kabul.

“From now on, nobody’s going to get involved (in the heroin trade), nobody can be involved in drug smuggling.”

But the anti-heroin rhetoric — like similar pledges to respect human rights and media freedom — are seen by analysts as part of efforts by the new Taliban leaders to show a more moderate face in order to secure international backing.

The vast majority of the world’s opium and heroin comes from Afghanistan, with production and exports centred in areas controlled by the Taliban, which has taxed the drugs heavily during their 20-year insurgency.

It has become a key resource for the group and they could struggle to ban it, said Jonathan Goodhand, an expert in the international drugs trade at SOAS University of London.

“Drugs will bring out a set of tensions in the movement,” he predicted.

On one hand, “they want to create this image of themselves as more moderate and more open to engagement with the West and they realise drugs is one of way of doing this,” he said.

But on the other, any repression would hit farmers in the Taliban political heartlands of Helmand and Kandahar provinces in particular.

“It’s going to struggle to take a very aggressive approach to drugs,” he added.

 

Near-monopoly

 

n 2016 Afghanistan, which produces 80% of the world’s opium, made around 4,800 tonnes of the drug bringing in revenues of $3 billion. Photo: AFP

 

In his premier press conference, Mujahid pleaded for “international assistance” to provide farmers with alternative crops to poppies, the source of sap that is refined into morphine and heroin.

The appeal for international aid might prompt hollow laughs from people who worked in the coalition of NATO forces, NGOs, and UN workers over the last 10 years that tried in vain to break Afghanistan’s reliance on poppy farming.

The United States spent around $8.6 billion (7.4 billion euros) from 2002 to 2017 in its doomed effort to combat the drugs trade, according to a 2018 report from the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan (SIGAR).

Those efforts included paying farmers to grow wheat or saffron, investing in transport links, as well as spraying defoliants on crops and bombing refining facilities.

At each step, they found themselves thwarted by Taliban fighters who controlled the main poppy-growing regions and derived hundreds of millions of dollars from the industry, according to US and Afghan government estimates.

Farmers in Taliban-controlled areas would often come under pressure to plant poppies from local warlords and fighters, investigations have found.

As a result, the country has a near-monopoly on opium and heroin, accounting for 80 to 90 percent of global output, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The amount of land planted with poppies hit a record high in 2017 and has averaged around 250,000 hectares in the last four years, roughly four times the level of the mid-1990s, UN figures show.

 

 ‘Too tied up’

 

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid (L) attends the first press conference in Kabul on August 17, 2021, following their stunning takeover of Afghanistan. Hoshang HASHIMI / AFP

 

The narcotics policy of the new government will affect global heroin prices, with repercussions for Western countries and their addicts, as well as Russia, Iran, Pakistan and China — all major smuggling routes but also huge markets for Afghan drugs.

In recent years, traffickers have also discovered that a plant commonly found in Afghanistan called ephedra can be used to create a key component of methamphetamine, better known as “crystal meth”.

Still, spokesman Mujahid vowed Afghanistan would be a “narcotics-free country” moving forward.

It’s not the first time the fundamentalist group has vowed to outlaw the trade. Production was banned in 2000, just before the group was overthrown by US-led forces.

Gretchen Peters, the American author of the book “Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and Al-Qaeda”, said the Taliban’s previous ban on poppy cultivation was tactical.

“They were under immense international pressure,” she said. “It was a ploy because they had so much stored up. They made a huge amount of money once the price shot up by 10 times.”

“They are not going to get rid of the drug trade because they are too tied up with it.”

“Afghanistan cannot survive without opium. It is simultaneously killing Afghanistan while also keeping a huge number of people alive,” she said, referring to the income the industry provides to poor farmers.

Being in control of the country will offer the Taliban access to airlines, the state bureaucracy and banks which could be used to facilitate drug smuggling and money laundering, she explained.

“I have no doubt they will exploit it.”

NDLEA Nabs Woman With 100 Wraps Of Heroin At Lagos Airport

An official of the NDLEA (File Photo)

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has nabbed a woman with 100 wraps of heroin and two parcels of the same substance at the departure hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja, Lagos.

Director of Media and Advocacy at the NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

The woman, identified as Mrs Nnadi Nora Chinyere, was arrested during an outward clearance of passengers on the Qatar Airways flight to Florentine, Italy on August 3.

Drugs found on her were concealed in five containers of hair relaxer cream.

Days later on August 5, narcotic officers on routine patrol intercepted another consignment of 25.8 kilograms of cocaine and cannabis concealed inside foodstuffs going to London at the NAHCO export warehouse.

When the export package was opened and examined, 2.3kg of cocaine and 23.5kg of compressed cannabis were discovered inside.

Also, during a patrol operation along Akure-Owo road, a team of operatives from Owo Area command of the Agency equally intercepted a bus from Lagos en route Owo to Ibilo, Kogi State on August 7.

Five days later, on August 12, operatives of the MMIA Command of the Agency intercepted a United Kingdom-bound consignment of illicit drugs at the NAHCO export shed of the airport.

Further investigations revealed that the consignment contained 66.600kg of cannabis sativa; 1.600kg heroin and 1.450kg of cocaine with a combined weight of 69.65kilograms, all concealed inside cosmetics.

On Friday, August 13, the Benue State Command of the agency arrested an interstate trafficker, one Eze Victor Ezenwanne along the Apir-Aliade road, Makurdi with 65.436kilograms of diazepam tablets.

A suspected fake soldier, Adeyemi Segun Olamide, was also arrested in Maiduguri, Borno State with 650grams of skunk on the same day.

Two days earlier, an ex-staff sergeant in the Nigerian Army, Muffat Ekong and one Frank Iredia Obamwonyi had been arrested with 286.3kilograms of cannabis in Ogwashi Uku, Delta State on their way to Enugu.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd), has commended the officers and men of the MMIA command as well as their Ondo, Borno, Benue and Delta state counterparts for the huge seizures and arrests.

He charged them and other commands to sustain the current momentum, assuring them that President Muhammadu Buhari recognises their efforts and would continue to motivate them to do more.

80-Year-Old Woman, Granddaughter, Others Arrested With 192kg Cocaine, Heroin

Photo of the suspects during parade by NDLEA

 

An 80-year-old woman and her 19-year-old granddaughter including two other ladies have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), for selling assorted illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol, and skuchies.

A statement by the NDLEA Spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, on Wednesday, revealed that the suspects were arrested following intelligence-based raids and follow-up operations on their locations.

He added that over 192kilogrammes of cocaine and other psychoactive substances were recovered from the suspects while the octogenarian, her granddaughter, and two other ladies; Tessy Matthew and Blessing Adesida were arrested.

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The grandma Mary Adebayo, and her granddaughter, Funmilola Adebayo, were arrested at 6:30 am on Sunday at Ayeyemi Street, Akure south local government area.

During the early morning raid, the following were recovered from them: Skuchies- 149kg, cocaine -11grammes, methamphetamine-17grammes, heroin -3grammes, Cannabis Sativa- 4.914kg, swinol – 8grammes and tramadol -49grammes. Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle.

On the same date, at about 1:30 pm, a raid carried out at Rate Hotel, Care Street, in Akure South Local Government Area led to the arrest of 25-year-old Tessy Mathew from whom 33kilogrammes of skuchies were recovered.

Following her preliminary interrogation, a follow-up operation was immediately carried out, leading to the arrest of 25-year-old Blessing Adesida in Oshinle area of Akure South LGA.

Drugs recovered from her include skuchies-3kg and cannabis-7grammes. According to the state’s acting Commander of the Agency, Callys Alumona, other members of the two drug cartels have been watch-listed and efforts to arrest them ongoing.

As a result of the bust, Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed the acting Commander, Ondo state command of the Agency, Callys Alumona to launch a manhunt for other members of the drug cartel now on the run.

Suspected Trafficker Arrested With ₦564m Worth Of Heroin In Abuja

The suspects paraded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). Credit: NDLEA

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspected drug trafficker, Goodluck Odeh at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

In a series of tweet on Sunday, the drug agency said the suspect was arrested with 2 kilogramme of heroin, which has a street value of ₦564million concealed in the lining of the false bottom of his suitcase.

The 40-year-old suspect from Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State was arrested at the departure lounge of the airport during an outward clearance of Ethiopian aircraft en route Abuja-Addis Ababa to Italy.

Upon interrogation, Odeh claimed he has been living in Italy since 2015 arriving through Libya.

The suspect noted that he works as a labourer on a farm in Italy with a pay of about 50 Euro a day, adding that he also works as a “flyer distributor” when farming season is over and gets as much as 50 euros a day.

Odeh further claimed he came to Nigeria over two weeks ago to see his family and also used the same opportunity to buy foodstuff to sell on his return to Italy.

According to him, he did not know how the drug found its way into the bag as he bought the suitcase from a second-hand material open market in Lagos not knowing that it contained the drug.

When further asked of the market address, he said he does not know the address.

NDLEA Intercepts Parcels Of Cocaine, Heroin Packaged For UK, Ireland, Australia

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) announced on Tuesday that it intercepted parcels of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Cannabis Sativa being shipped to the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Australia, Maldives and New Zealand.

According to a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy of the agency, Femi Babafemi, a notorious trafficker, Sikiru Owolabi, who is behind at least two of the parcels has been traced and arrested after days of thorough and systematic surveillance by NDLEA operatives.

“Undercover narcotics agents attached to two international courier companies in Lagos made the seizures,” the statement added.

Babafemi added that the suspect, Owolabi, who has made useful confessions during interrogations, was tracked after 1kilogramme of cocaine concealed in cream containers and meant for Dublin in Northern Ireland was intercepted at one of the courier firms in Lagos.

“This was also followed by the discovery of another 200grammes of cocaine meant for London, the United Kingdom in the same courier company.

“In another undercover operation, 320grammes of heroin concealed in earrings coming from Congo and going to Australia was seized at a different courier firm in Lagos, just as another 390 grammes of cocaine hidden in men’s clothing and going to Northern Ireland was intercepted in the same company,” the statement added.

Also, 500grammes of Cannabis Sativa concealed in automobile parts going to New Zealand was seized at one of the courier companies and 200 grammes of methamphetamine hidden inside an award plaque and going to New Zealand, with another 200 grammes of methamphetamine concealed in a book and going to the Maldives, were equally intercepted by the agency.

Efforts are ongoing to track and arrest other traffickers behind the other unaccompanied illicit drugs packaged as parcels for shipment to Europe.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Mohammed Buba Marwa in reaction commended the men and officers involved in the operations to frustrate attempts by drug barons and traffickers to ship illicit drugs overseas through unaccompanied parcels.

ICYMI: How NDLEA Seized Cocaine, Heroin Worth Over ₦30bn At Lagos Airport

Smuggled drugs seized by the NDLEA at the Lagos International Airport.

 

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized cocaine and heroin worth over ₦30 billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

The seizures were made within the space of one week, and also, barely a week after the new NDLEA Chairman, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa vowed to dismantle drug trafficking cartels across Nigeria.

According to a top official of the agency, one of the seizures, 26.840 kilograms of cocaine is the biggest single seizure from an individual in the past 15 years.

Narrating how the seizure was made, the official said: “On the 27th of January 2021, at about 13:20 hours, during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline passengers at the E- arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, a female passenger by name Onyejegbu Ifesinachi Jennifer, (33 years old), who arrived Nigeria from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, was intercepted by NDLEA operatives”.

“As a standard operating procedure, all passengers to and from high risk countries are always profiled using passengers’ manifest.

“It happened that the above-named suspect was targeted. Consequently, she was taken to NDLEA office at the Airport, where her bags were searched thoroughly, and in the process, whitish powdery substances were found concealed inside 16 pieces of duvet contained in her two travel bags.

“Field test was conducted on the recovered substances and proved positive to Cocaine and weighed 26.850kilograms. The suspect who is a hair stylist and based in Brazil was interviewed and she confessed to have agreed to smuggle the hard drug for the sum of Two Million Naira (N2,000,000) only. Although she refused to disclose the names of her associates but she mentioned that she was asked to hand over the drugs to another person. The street value of this singular seizure is put at over N21billion.”

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The official further disclosed that the development came on the heels of a similar one recorded two days earlier at the airport, (January 25) when a red left-over luggage was declared to the NDLEA operatives as a left over at the E- arrival hall after the inward clearance of passengers on Ethiopian airline.

“Based on information on the luggage tag, the luggage arrived in Nigeria from Sao Paulo, Brazil, a destination classified as high-risk country going by records and trends of arrest and seizures.

“Subsequently, the bag was transferred to the NDLEA ‘Legal Seat’ being the administrative office at the passenger terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, for detention. While this was going on, the NDLEA Commander at the MMIA, Ahmadu Garba received an intelligence report of a purported plan to clear a consignment containing hard drug through the Lagos airport. Coincidentally, the details sent matched the bag earlier detained by the operatives at the Lagos airport.

“In a coordinated operation, on January 27, 2021, an NDLEA undercover agent was contacted by one Abubakar Aliyu. Guided by the operation and investigation unit, the undercover agent successfully lured the said Abubakar Aliyu into the cargo terminal of the airport where he was arrested. The suspect revealed to NDLEA operatives that another person was on his way to receive the bag based of the instruction of his sender whose name he gave to be Ikechukwu Eze.

“Shortly after, one Emmanuel Iyke Aniebonam, who was to receive the bag was also arrested at NAHCO. During a preliminary interview by a team of investigators, Emmanuel confessed that he was instructed by one Ikechukwu to receive the consignment”.

The NDLEA official further explained that Emmanuel was again set up to lure in Ikechukwu Eze but rather than showing up to get the consignment, he sent another who said he was mandated to receive the consignment from Emmanuel, and they agreed to meet at Ibis Royal Hotel, a few miles away from the airport.

“A follow-up operation was quickly organised to the hotel, where one Onwurah Kelvin was arrested and brought to the office. The suspect confessed during interview that he was sent by one Ikechukwu to receive the consignment. Thereafter, the detained bag was opened in the presence all the three suspects, whitish powdery substances were discovered neatly concealed and sewn inside five children duvets. Field tests carried out on the exhibits proved they are cocaine weighed to be 8.400 Kilograms, with a street value of over N7billion.”

It was also learnt that on January 24, at about 12:00 hours, one Edosa Christopher was arrested at the passengers screening point of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and subjected to body scan, which proved positive for hard drugs ingestion.

According to the anti-drug law enforcement agency, “the suspect was immediately transferred to NDLEA/JBTF office and placed on excretion observation. Subsequently, he excreted a total of 68 wraps of substance, which was tested and proved positive to heroin. It was also weighed 950 grams.

“During an interview, Edosa Christopher confessed to have bought the illicit substance at the cost of N800,000 from someone he referred to as ‘Paddy’. According to the suspect, he met the said PADDY at Eagle Rock hotel around Ago Palace way in Lagos, where he lodged for a brief stay. Further investigation however, revealed that the hotel does not exist anywhere in Lagos.”

The NDLEA official who confirmed the developments said the chairman of the agency, Gen. Marwa has commended the MMIA, Lagos commander, Ahmadu Garba and his team for their efforts and for following up on his directives during a meeting with all the commanders in charge of the 36 states, FCT and special commands.

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.