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July 27, 2010
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Half-ton of cocaine seized in Nigeria

Imported from Chile, it is the second-largest cocaine bust ever in the Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria — The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has smashed a major International drug syndicate of two Chinese nationals including their Nigerian clearing agent that smuggles cocaine from South American countries to West Africa.

The arrest was following the interception of over 450kg of cocaine unlawfully imported from Chile; with an estimated street value of over 4 billion naira being the second largest ever intercepted in the country by the agency. Chairman of the agency, Ahmadu Giade while speaking to LEADERSHIP yesterday, described the seizure as a major breakthrough in the country's counter narcotics efforts.

"The entire operation was intelligence-based and professionally executed. This is the second largest seizure of cocaine next to the 14.2 tons made at the same port in 2006. "The quantity is frightening and the street value paints a horrendous picture of the illicit drug trade. Apart from the estimated street value in the country the value would have doubled in Europe. The seizure is exciting to us. It is also a wakeup call for all hands to be on deck," Giade stated.


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