NDLEA Arrests 12 Apapa Seaport Dockworkers Over Link To Seized N9.5b Cocaine

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has arrested 12 dockworkers at the Apapa Seaport in Lagos because of their link to the importation of 32.9 kilograms of cocaine worth over N9.5 billion in street value.

Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Saturday.

Babafemi said a Federal High Court in Lagos had granted an application by the Agency for the interim attachment of a vessel, MV Chayanee Naree, used to import the 32.9 kilograms of cocaine into Nigeria through the Apapa Seaport.

He said besides the attachment order, the court also granted NDLEA’s request to detain the Master of the ship, Mr. Tanahan Krilerk, and 21 foreign crew members as well as the dockworkers arrested in connection to the case.

“The anti-narcotic Agency had on October 13 intercepted the ship at the Apapa seaport following intelligence from international partners and support from other security forces such as the Nigerian Navy, Customs, DSS and the police. A thorough search of the ship led to the recovery of 30 parcels containing cocaine, which weighed 32.9kg.

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