Nigeria's drug enforcement agency says it has arrested a politician who allegedly swallowed 2 kilograms (nearly 4.5 pounds) of cocaine to fund his election campaign.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Monday it arrested
52-year-old Eme Zuru Ayortor at Lagos' Murtala Mohammed International
Airport. The agency says the pharmacist-turned-politician was trying to
board a flight to Germany
when a scanning machine detected an abnormality in his stomach.
Agents say they found 100 individually wrapped packages of cocaine inside his body. The agency says the politician
claimed his failed 2007 run for the Edo state House of Assembly ruined him
financially and smuggling drugs was the only way he could fund his 2011
election bid. He has yet to be charged.