Sting Operation : Customs, Navy, NDLEA, Police Uncover 32.9kg Cocaine in Vessel from Brazil

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Inter Pol, Nigerian Navy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, have uncovered
thirty parcels weighing 32.9 Kilograms of cocaine in Apapa Port, Lagos.

Details provided by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Apapa Customs Command, DSC
Abubakar Usman, revealed that the Cocaine was found inside MV Chayanee Naree, a cargo vessel that came from Brazil.

He informed that the discovery was made possible in a joint operation involving the four security Agencies mentioned above.

He also explained that the joint operation was initiated following intelligence about the ship’s content shared by interpol to various agencies, which necessitated close monitoring of the ship using high maritime domain awareness system”.

According to him :
” The Customs management had directed Apapa Command to follow up on the ship with other government agencies. This was jointly done for days.

“After meticulously searching the vessel with the aid of sniffer dogs, the suspected substance was discovered and referred to NDLEA for tests, which confirmed it to be cocaine.

“The vessel, which departed Santos, Brazil on September 19, 2021, drifted for about a week off the coast of Benin Republic from October I to October 8 2021 when it arrived Nigeria.

“Intelligence report obtained from the ship’s captain confirmed that Brazil Customs had earlier intercepted 150kg of cocaine from one of the ship’s compartments when it berthed at Sopep Locker, Brazil on September 19,2021

“The ship berthed under arrest at Terminal C in Apapa where the security agencies did a search on it.”

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), of Apapa Command, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, said the Command relied on provisions of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) sections 49, 50 and 51 to conduct the exercise.

Comptroller Yusuf, who said the discoverd drug had been kept in the custody of NDLEA, commended the synergy and described it as very productive. He added that more search is on-going in the vessel and any additional discovery will be made known to the public.

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