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S.A woman caught with methamphetamine hidden in tins of sardines

A 39-year-old South African woman of Zulu tribe, Duru Gcinukwazi Lindiwe, was, last weekend, caught with 5.5 kilogrammes of substance found to be methamphetamine hidden in tins of sardines as well as in her luggage. Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, detected the drugs during routine search at the departure hall.

The suspect, a street cleaner in Johannesburg was apprehended during the outward screening of passengers on a South African airline flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

The drug with an estimated street value of N15 million in Lagos was hidden in tins of sardines as well as in her luggage.

NDLEA Airport Commander, Mr Hamza Umar said that a detailed search carried out on her based on suspicion yielded positive result. “She was travelling with a carton of sardines. When one of them was opened, the content was metham-phetamine. Some of the drugs were also packed in a false bottom of her luggage. The total weight of drugs found in her possession weighed 5.5 kilogrammes” Hamza explained.

According to Mitchel Ofoyeju, the spokesman of the anti-drugs agency in a press release made available to Sunday Tribune on Saturday, the female suspected drug pusher, Lindiwe who is said to have been married with a daughter told narcotic investigators in her statement that her love for sardines have turned sour since her arrest.

In her words, “I love sardines for salad and sandwich. My Nigerian boyfriend gave me the carton of sardine as a gift because I love sardine. When my bag was searched at the airport, 5.5 kilogrammes of metham-phetamine was found and I was arrested. I am missing my eight year old daughter because I travelled to the Philippines to study music for over a month. I am only in Nigeria to visit my boyfriend before going to South Africa”.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade said that efforts were ongoing to apprehend more persons in connection with the illegal exportation of metham-phetamine to South Africa.

According to Giade, “we have launched a full scale investigation into the case and we expect to arrest other members of the drug cartel. Drug traffickers are warned to quit the criminal act or face severe sanctions under the NDLEA Act”.

Meanwhile, the release stated that she will be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded on the case.

Ofoyeju however, recalled that in December 2011, a South African lady, by name Nene Fikile Happy-Girl, 38- year old was caught with drugs while attempting to board an Emirate flight to Malaysia.

“She excreted 55 wraps of substances that tested positive for metham-phetamine weighing 700 grammes. She had since been charged to court and the case is ongoing” said Ofoyeju.

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