Men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have intercepted 24 parcels of cocaine hidden in 12 lawn mower tyres imported through the Port Harcourt International Airport by a Brazilian returnee, Okechukwu Francis Amaechi.
Amaechi had just finished serving a jail term for drug trafficking in the Brazil.
NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, said the 45-year-old ex-convict from Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, was arrested at the Port Harcourt airport on May 7, upon his arrival from Brazil via Doha onboard Qatar Airline flight QR1433.
He said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that 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 lawn mowers where he concealed 24 parcels of cocaine weighing 4.56kg.
“Curiously, each parcel concealed in the tyres of the lawn mowers bore some unique inscriptions which were believed to be means of identification of the owners of the drug.
“The two parcels in one of the tyres of the first lawn mower bore ‘O LORD’ and ‘HAVE MERCY’.
“The parcels in one of the tyres of the second mower bore the inscription ‘IN GOD’ and ‘WE TRUST’, while the third mower had ‘IJIOMA’ and ‘186.6’ inscribed on them.”
He said Okechukwu claimed that one of his church members gave him the lawn mowers to deliver to his brother in Port Harcourt.