The Nimba County branch of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) over the weekend arrested a 32-year old Nigerian with over US$7,000 worth of cocaine.Suspect Paul Omenyi Ikegbunam was arrested at the Immigration Check Point near Ganta, Nimba County.According to the DEA the cocaine was found concealed in a pair of African slippers the suspect had on his feet. The content was filled with the cocaine and the edges sewn with a thread.Security personnel took notice of the suspect when they observed him walking uncomfortably as though he was physically challenged (crippled) but the slippers were puffed up, suggesting that something was hidden in them.The DEA put the quantity of the cocaine to about 315.1 grams with the street value of US$7, 875 and L$677, 250.“This is our normal routine as DEA officers so we searched his bag and, not satisfied, we decided to search his slippers on his feet,” said one of the officers.The suspect, the DEA said, was hesitant at first to take off his slippers, “after we asked to search his slippers; but we took them any way from his feet and discovered that the cocaine was concealed in the slippers.”The officer explained that the suspect entered Liberia on board a taxi cab with plate number TX-0156, along with other passengers.He said later the driver, identified as John Kollie was asked to help security with further investigations.“If this man has ridden on a private car or on an NGO vehicle, which sometimes collect passengers on the side walk, the suspect would have had a free ride to Monrovia, thereby evading arrest,” an observer remarked at the DEA office in Ganta.Suspect Paul Ikegbunam told investigators that he traveled by road from Nigeria passing through several West African countries, including Togo, Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire, and entered Liberia through the Loguatuo Port of entry in Gbelay-Geh District, near Karnplay City.“I rode on car from Lagos to the Ivory Coast before crossing to Liberia,” he was quoted by the DEA as saying.The suspect, has meanwhile pleaded for mercy, saying that the slippers were given to him by one John Obiora, also a Nigerian, residing in Lagos, Nigeria, but did not know it contained cocaine.He said it was his first time coming to Liberia and he claimed that Obiora, “told me that when I reach Monrovia, I should inform him so he can connect me with another Nigerian in Monrovia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next “Our offense just flowed and we stayed aggressive on defense.”The Batang Pier defense kept the Elite in check for the majority of the game as they jumped to a 31-point lead numerous times in the fourth quarter en route to their second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Anthony, the victory further justified coach Pido Jarencio’s pleas early in the conference to GlobalPort to double down on defense, something which the team has done in the past two outings which both ended up in victories.“When we hold teams below 100 points, those are the two games we win,” said the 31-year-old. “Offense is going to flow because we got guys who can shoot. Some games they won’t drop, but other games it will. But as long as the ball moves, we take the right shots, and play together, we’ll get the win.” Anthony feels that his team is slowly getting its groove after a 0-2 start.“I feel like we started off poorly with NLEX. We kind of grew and had a good game against Ginebra but fell through the end. Then we’ve been building on our two wins, and a lot of it is because of our chemistry. We have a lot of new guys and a new coach, so our chemistry’s building and it’s getting better every day,” he said.However, the tougher challenges are still ahead for the Batang Pier, and it starts next Wednesday against San Miguel.Anthony thinks GlobalPort’s performance against the reigning three-time Philippine Cup champs will dictate how the team will fare this conference.“They’re going to be the team to beat and definitely a barometer. We’ve got some time to get better, so we’ve got to keep working on our weaknesses and continue to get better every day,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHe may have shot the lights out on Friday night, but Sean Anthony said that the credit for GlobalPort’s 101-76 rout of Blackwater should go to his team’s defense.“We held them under 80 points and that was the key,” said Anthony, who ignited the blowout with his 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc to finish with 22 points, 21 coming in the first half, alongside seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the 25-point victory.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEX John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.