Italy-bound traveler promised N900k, arrested for defecating 59 wraps of heroin at Abuja airport

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A drug trafficker, Okoguale Douglas, has excreted 59 wraps of heroin weighing 781.2 grammes following his arrest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while trying to board a Milan, Italy bound flight.

Douglas, who hails from Uromi in Edo state, was arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), during an outward clearance of an Ethiopian airline flight. He tested positive for ingestion.

Under interrogation, he claimed he has been residing in Italy since 2011 after entering the country via Libya with one of his uncles. He said he works as a restaurant attendant in Italy where he earns 900 Euro per month and also works as a painter on his free days and gets about 400 Euro upon completion of any work.

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He also confessed he was promised 2000 Euro if he successfully delivers the drug to Milan, Italy. He said he came to Nigeria on April 4, 2021, for the burial of his late father in Esan, Edo state and after spending so much during the burial, he ran out of money. A situation that made him to ask for financial support from one of his Nigerian friends resident in Italy.

He further claimed that his friend then told him he would send him money on the ground that he will collect a consignment for him from one other friend of his in Nigeria. He said contrary to the initial arrangement, he claimed he was called by a man on Thursday April 29, 2021, who asked him to come down to Abuja where he was lodged.

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The suspect also claimed that the two men brought the wrapped drug to him in the hotel after which he swallowed the 59 pellets early on Saturday May 1st, 2021 and was promised 2000 Euro on successful delivery to Milan, Italy.


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