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Pregnant Woman Caught With 51 Wraps of Cocaine at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja



The story of 38 year-old Mbechi Obiageli Susan, a Nigerian woman who was caught with 51 wraps of cocaine is an astonishing one. It’s not the first time a Nigerian woman would be caught using desperate measures to import or export cocaine; what makes her case more interesting is the fact that she is three months pregnant and ingested 51 wraps of cocaine in an attempt to bring the illicit drugs into Nigeria.

Mbechi who resides in Brazil was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on her way from Sao Paulo, Brazil, by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after she was discovered with cocaine with the aid of a scanning machine.

She claimed to be three months pregnant and during the process of profiling, passed 51 pellets of cocaine weighing 900 grammes.

Vanguard reports that she cited poverty as the reason for her action.

The Abuja airport commander of NDLEA, Mr. Hamisu Lawan while commenting on her arrest told Vanguard that he was shocked at the escalating rate of women’s involvement in criminality especially illicit drug trafficking.

Why is there an increase in the rate of women’s involvement in illicit drug trafficking? What do you think about the reason she gave for her actions? What are the health risks of ingesting cocaine as a pregnant woman?

Please share your thoughts.

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. ofilispeaks

    August 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    So sad. That’s all I can say =(

  2. Joksie

    August 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    This is really crazy……………………..she has no point at all.

  3. florence

    August 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    na wah oh, ooooooooooooooooooo.

  4. alicia

    August 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    its annoying and the thought of it is so absurd. why do we keep blaming everything on poverty? if she is so selfish as not to think of her self , how about the liitle being growing inside of her? i really dont know what more to say. very sad indeed

  5. Malika

    August 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    this is absolutely insane *huh*

  6. April Laugh

    August 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

    This is pathetic.

  7. Theodora

    August 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I really dont understand whats going on anymore…..hmmmm

  8. essy

    August 2, 2012 at 10:59 am

    dis is nt poverty, she is money concious and stone hearted.

  9. Queen Oyibo Ogidi

    August 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    OMG…This is dis-heartening! What a SHAME!!!

  10. Laila Ikeji

    August 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    poor her. poverty doesnt justify crime but then, you can imagine wat pushed her so far.
    I comment my reserve tho. Am pregnant too so I cant evn imagine doing that in ‘my normal senses’.

  11. Tyna

    August 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

    its such a pity wat dis country hav turn pplpe in2………..

  12. iju

    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Madam you’re a shame to mother-hood. What if the cocaine burst and kill the baby iam sure you don’t care. God please have mercy on us. I am a mother and i know how i cherish and love an unborn baby when i am pregnant this is not fair to the child. Her reason for this is not acceptable its an abuse to the unborn child. So dance your music

  13. Emeralds

    August 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    How can she put her un-born child in such a risk????? its ridiculous………….what people do for money.

  14. Princess of Zion

    August 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

    My gosh! This is hard to read and believe! I speak to many people who have been praying for a child, many have spent thousands on fertility treatment and there goes this lady endangering her unborn child! I can only thank God that the child was unharmed! I pray the experience will teach her a lesson.

  15. dammy

    August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

    she no well at all.

  16. saphyah

    August 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Too bad….

  17. kingsley

    August 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

    this is very wrong,she has no point at all

  18. praisy

    August 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I think this is absurd. Buh, she get mind o!

  19. xty

    August 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm


  20. Sexxie

    August 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    GREED!!! Sorry for my shouting capitals but I actually shouted. God should please stop giving fruit of the womb to monsters who don’t deserve them. God forbid!!!

  21. Admax

    August 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Father forgive her for she know not what she has done to that unborn child

  22. CAC

    August 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    She said it is poverty that pushed her into drug trafficking? Yet she is about to bring another innocent soul into the world to join her in her poverty? This lady cannot even take care of herself and yet she is pregnant and about to bring another mouth into the world to feed? How is she planning to cope? I hate the idea of people bringing other people into the world when they don’t have the finances to take care of a child.

  23. Ginika

    August 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    See her mouth like poverty. Please they should distinguish between a person saying I wanted the money so that I can have millions in my account from I wanted the money so I could buy bread and juice for today. One is greed, the other poverty.

  24. tito

    August 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm


  25. Iblings

    August 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    She’s crazy nd also wicked.

  26. Africandecor(click)

    August 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    all i know is she’s going to be an awful mother. at times like this i wish we have social services in nigeria.

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  27. Nene

    August 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    More like ‘EPIC FAIL!!!!’

  28. Chattyzee

    August 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    This is indeed very sad. Lord have mercy on us o.

  29. Soraya

    August 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Poverty is not a good enough reason to be carrying cocaine about- this woman is wicked, amoral and inhumane!!!

  30. Lulu

    August 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    GREED is the true word!!! People like these show outright disregard for life! If its poverty, why not go out there and look for a job rather than sleeping arounf, hmn?? 🙁

  31. pynk

    August 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    EPIC fail. Women trafficking isnt becoming more rampant, we are just becoming more aware of them doing it.

  32. Amber

    August 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Why do people keep blaming poverty for the cause of their action.they are just lazy and greedy looking for a fast way to get to spotlight.i tire o

  33. priskassy

    August 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    It’s really a shame, it’s always Nigerians, may God deliver us. But to the woman, she really have to ask God for forgiveness, and sincerely repent. May God forgive her.

  34. cathy

    August 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    very sad indeed

  35. Gimmer

    August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    isn’t this poverty excuse getting a bit tired?

  36. konnie

    August 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    She is unthinking and selfish and should be can for child endagerment amongst other charges.
    She wan’t thinking about her unborn chid, neither was she thinking about all the people that will probably OD on the drugs she was importing. Poverty my foot. I guess she thinks that is a plausible excuse….
    Show her face!!!

  37. ola

    August 2, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    everybody need money for the unborn baby ..more news and gist here at

  38. Online Nigeria

    August 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    it’s just so sad that she didn’t think of her unborn child. she was just thinking of money.

    • Gimmer

      August 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      lmao…you are assuming taht the pregnancy wasn’t part of the plot. the barons probably listed belle as a requirement

  39. pearl

    August 3, 2012 at 6:42 am

    are you asking for the risks ???? where do you want me to start from ? death of the unborn child, abnormality of the baby (if she gives birth), having a stroke, which can result in irreversible brain damage and the list goes on!!! i don’t care if it was poverty, she went out of line! I hope when she gives birth the child gets taken away from her. Apparently, she doesn’t consider children as a blessing.

  40. bola

    August 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

    gush!!!!!!!!! this is really absurd. she is a disgrace to mother-hood.

  41. NKELLY

    August 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Does she know how much people spend to get just a child and here you are endangering the life of the one that God gave to you for free, may God forgive u really cos i just dont seem to understand this. I will give anything to have a baby and theres none coming , look @ what you are doing to the one you have………may God have mercy on you IJN

  42. Cecilia

    August 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    nawa 4 naija ooooo. no be small thing

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