A Port-Harcourt based mother of three children, Grace Beji, 47, was found in possession of 1kg of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.
The suspect, who attempted to board an Egypt Airline flight to Malaysia, was said to have hidden a parcel of the drug in her underwear.
Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency discovered the drug at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The NDLEA MMIA Commander, Mr. Hamza Umar, told CRIME DIGEST that Beji was arrested during the screening of passengers at the airport. “The suspect was caught during routine check of passengers. This is our contribution towards the prevention of drug trafficking and abuse in our country,” Hamza stated.
The suspect blamed her involvement in drug trafficking on the need to get rich quick. She said, “I agreed to smuggle the drugs because they promised to pay me $3,000. I blame myself because I wanted quick money. To me the money was an additional profit to my trading business. I was given the drug to swallow, but I could not ingest it for fear that it may burst so I hid it in my underwear.
“It was a momentary temptation that overwhelmed me. I was devastated when the drug was discovered by the NDLEA officers during screening. I was reasonably ignorant of the gravity of the offence. I was assured an easy passage. They did not say that I could be arrested.”
Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, declared every arrest and seizure of drugs recorded by the agency were a step forward in the anti-drug campaign. “Each time we seize drugs and arrest drug suspects it takes us closer towards attaining our drug-free mark. We must continue to do our best to create a drug-free society for all in the country. Stakeholders should equally lend their supporting hand because no Agency or country can win the battle alone,” Giade stated.
Beji is expected to be arraigned in court upon the completion of investigations into her case.