Nigerian officials seized $4.7 million worth of cocaine factory-packed inside shoes that arrived at Abuja airport, Reuters reported Tuesday. Originating from Brazil, it was likely headed to Europe, as West African countries are used as middle-men to send drugs from South America to Europe. So if you were in Europe for New Year’s Eve like, “why the fuck is my dealer out of coke, it’s New Year’s!” it may have been in the hands of Nigerian anti-drug officers.
The shoes full of yayo collected were Nigeria’s biggest drug seizure of 2016. “It is our single biggest seizure of cocaine in the last year. We have had bigger seizures of methamphetamine but for cocaine this is a big seizure. And the mode of containment was ingenious. It was a factory-packed concealment because they were brand new footwear,” Nigeria’s NDLEA drug enforcement agency spokesman Ofoyeju Mitchell said. A 34-year-old Nigerian motorcycle parts dealer was arrested in relation to the bust who arrived on the flight from Sao Paulo.
Cheers to Nigeria for their historical bust, but my personal favorite cocaine seizure of 2016 must be awarded to the $55 million worth of cocaine that was discovered at a Coca-Cola plant in France in August.