Officers attached to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday busted a Bureau De Change operator and five others for Money-Laundering for swallowing $156,000 (N31, 083, 000.00), at Excel Oriental Hotel along Airport Road, Lagos.
The suspects were arrested, while they were busy swallowing the large sums of money with the intention of exporting $156,000 to Brazil.
Confirming the arrests, Ahmadu Giade, the chairman of NDLEA, said the six suspects, included a Bureau de Change operator, and were arrested in connection with swallowing $156,000.
He further stated that the agency would continue to track and arrest drug traffickers and currency launderers, in a bid to make the society safe.
According to him, operators of bureau de change who fail to work within the confines of the law establishing them shall be severely punished.
However, NDLEA Commander, Joint Task Force (JTF), Mr. Adeniyi Muyiwa, gave the names of the suspects as Nwokenta Kingsley, 37, a Bureau de change operator, also known as Buchito; Onwuasoanya Augustine Chukwuemeka, 54, who lives in Brazil and Christian Okoli Ifor, 35, based in Brazil.
Others are Nwokenta Emmanuel Maduakolam, 31; Ezenwa Ikenna, 28, a specialist in wrapping; and Ezenwa Uzoma, a 33-year-old hotel manager.
He pointed out that an interim investigation reported by the anti-narcotics agency revealed that, Mr. Nwokenta Kingsley, a.k.a Buchito was the brain behind the suspected criminal act.
According to Mr. Muyiwa, Mr. Kingsley allegedly supplied $120,000 to be swallowed and illicitly exported to Brazil.
He said: “Onwuasoanya Augustine Chukwuemeka swallowed 74 wraps of dollars amounting to one hundred and eleven thousand ($111,000). Christian Okoli Ifor who resides in Brazil had forty-five thousand dollars which he wanted to swallow. Nwokenta Emmanuel who is the manager of Amazon Bureau de Change played a supportive role in the alleged crime. Ezenwa Ikenna was hired to wrap the money.