4 held with drugs worth `39 crore

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The Am­boli po­lice has ar­rested three Nige­rian na­tion­als and a Brazil­ian woman for drug traf­fick­ing, af­ter re­cov­er­ing 6.4 kilo­grams of co­caine from their pos­ses­sion. The four ac­cused had clev­erly con­tained the con­tra­band — al­to­gether worth Rs 39 crore — in cur­tain rings. The ar­rested ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Navi Mum­bai res­i­dent Ni­ras Abuzik Okhowo (35), Nala­sopara res­i­dent Si­mon Agobta (32) and Micheal Sun­day Hope (29) and Carle Pinto Iris (49), both res­i­dents of Bengaluru.

Ac­cord­ing to ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice, west re­gion, Manoj Ku­mar Sharma, spe­cific in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived that for­eign na­tion­als would be ar­riv­ing at the Mau­rya Land­mark area in And­heri for de­liv­ery of co­caine on Satur­day evening.

Ac­cord­ingly, a po­lice team led by in­spec­tor Daya Nayak laid a trap at the lo­ca­tion, and all four for­eign­ers who ar­rived at the spot were held.

“We found co­caine in their pos­ses­sion. Okhowo in­formed

us that more drugs were kept at his Koparkhairane res­i­dence. We have seized 6.4 kilo­grams of co­caine worth Rs 39 crore in all from the quar­tet. They used to con­ceal the con­tra­band in cur­tain rings. A pre­lim­i­nary probe has re­vealed that the drugs were sourced from Afghanistan, and it was to be sent from Mum­bai to South Africa,” a po­lice source said.

“Okhowo was ear­lier ar­rested in a sim­i­lar case and we have seized a pho­to­copy of the bail ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted in Spe­cial NDPS court. Iris too was ar­rested in a drug-re­lated of­fence three years ago, and she had re­cently come out of By­culla jail,” the of­fi­cer said.

— AADESH POKHARE/DNA

The smug­glers hid co­caine in cur­tain rings.

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