NDLEA Arrests Evangelist in Possession of N1.4b Worth of Drugs at Apapa Seaport
A 52-year-old South Africa-based evangelist identified as John Vincent Arinze is currently being interrogated by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after he was nabbed with over 165kg of narcotics drugs at Apapa Seaport, Lagos.
According to Daily Post, the bust took place after an intense undercover operation by the NDLEA, and the drugs seized were worth an estimated street value of 1.4 billion naira. The drugs which were 92kgs of methamphetamine and 73kgs of ephedrine were detected inside two containers of foodstuff meant for export to South Africa.
They were concealed in packs of foodstuff and cosmetics such as Garri (cassava flakes), noodles, Knorr and Maggi food seasoning, yam powder, Malt drinks, pepper, Milk, Herbal Hair Cream and Golden Morn cereals. Other items in the container are Damatol Hair Cream, Bags of Melon, Kegs of palm oil, Beans, Biscuits, Sardine and Cartons of Orijin bitters.
Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd.) said that the seizure has significant influence on the campaign against narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
In his statement, John said he made a big mistake by taking over the business of his late wife. “I am an evangelist living in Durban South Africa. My late wife was into drug trafficking before she died few years ago. I made a mistake venturing into her business. It is all my fault” he said.
See photos from the bust.
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