Fresh Returnee from Brazilian Prison Apprehended for Cocaine Deal in Nigeria
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA discovered 24 parcels of cocaine hidden in 12 lawnmower tyres brought into the country by a Brazilian returnee, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi, at the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA).
Mr Amaechi is said to have just completed a sentence in the South American country for narcotics trafficking.
According to the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, the 45-year-old ex-convict from Idemili South LGA in Anambra State was apprehended at the Port Harcourt airport on Saturday, May 7th, upon his arrival from Brazil onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.
“Preliminary investigations revealed 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 lawnmowers where he concealed 24 parcels of cocaine weighing 4.56kg.
“Curiously, each parcel concealed in the tyres of the three lawnmowers 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 lawnmower 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,” Babafemi said.
However, Okechukwu claimed one of his church members gave him the lawnmowers to deliver to his brother in Port Harcourt.