The city crime branch and the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police in a joint operation conducted in south Mumbai have arrested 5 Nigerian nationals on charges of smuggling and peddling cocaine in the city. The seized cocaine’s cost amounts to Rs.12.60 lakh in the international market.
According to the police, out of the five Nigerians arrested in the matter one has past records registered with the city cops and two have been found without valid documents and passports to live in the country and their deportation will follow after legal process.
“After we received the information regarding the foreign nationals doing peddling of cocaine in south Mumbai, we laid a trap on Thursday night at about 11pm and nabbed the Nigerian nationals identified as Aloka Anslem (25) with 110 gms of the drug, Chukwudi Peter (28) with 30 gms, Jems Jidani (27) with 25 gms, Anthony Annikevi (25) with 25 gms and Nonso Daniel (28) with 20 gms of cocaine. All of them have been booked under sections 8 (c) 21 and 29 of the NDPS Act,” said an investigator.
The route according to the police, is a specific network through which the banned substances such as cocaine reaches the city.
Once smuggled, the foreign peddlers either look for local drug peddlers to act as mediators or sell the drugs by themselves. In this case where five Nigerian nationals were arrested on Thursday, they did the dealing through mobile phone which has also been seized by the police team. In some cases peddling through the internet has also come to light. As part of the drive which was started by the crime branch and the ANC until now the police have seized 379 grams of cocaine amounting to over 25 lakh rupees.