Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have foiled attempts by two grandmothers to unlawfully export narcotic drugs to New York, United States and Medina, Saudi Arabia.
The suspects allegedly ingested 108 wraps of substances that tested positive for heroin and cocaine during outward screening of passengers at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.
60-year-old Adebayo Ebunoluwa Mercy ingested 83 wraps of heroin weighing 1.105kg on her way to the United States.
AmoduAyisat Grace, 59, also ingested 25 wraps of cocaine weighing 275 grammes on her way to Saudi Arabia.
They blamed their involvement in drug trafficking on financial hardship.
NDLEA preliminary investigation revealed it is the first time a grandmother of 60 years will ingest a whopping 83 wraps of narcotics.
The second suspect was going to Saudi Arabia where drug trafficking attracts capital punishment.
Her timely arrest saved her from the ordeals of painful and ignoble death in a foreign country.
NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba, said: “Adebayo Ebunoluwa Mercy was arrested while boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York while Amodu Grace was caught trying to board an Ethiopian airline flight on her way to Medina, Saudi Arabia. The cases are under investigation”.
Adebayo, who sells provision at Ikorodu, Lagos said drug trafficking was an afterthought.
“I am a divorcee selling provision for survival. Things became rough and tough for me when I lost my capital due to family problems.
“It has been my dream to travel to the United States in search of greener pastures.
Source: The Nation