2 NIGERIAN DRUG DEALERS HELD WITH COCAINE WORTH ₹6 CR
MUMBAI: The anti-narcotic cell (ANC) of the Mumbai crime branch has arrested two foreign nationals and claims it has busted an international drug cartel. Police have seized 1.003kg of cocaine worth ₹6.03 crore from the duo.
ANC officers are further investigating the international links of the accused and suspect the two brought the consignment through a courier or with the help of passengers via the air route.
According to the police, the accused have been identified as Daniel Ifeanyichukwu Ezieke, 38, and John James Fransis, 35, both from Nigeria. The police seized 505gm of cocaine from Ezieke worth ₹3.03 crore and another 500gm worth ₹3 crore from Fransis.
“On January 12, the ANC Bandra unit received information about cocaine dealing and accordingly a police inspector and his team arrested the duo in front of a high school at Amboli junction in Andheri,” said a police officer.
A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychiatric Substance Act, 1985. “It’s the highest quality cocaine and we are further investigating to get the international link to the drugs, along with how it was brought into the country and where it was going to be delivered,” said Shivdeep Lande, deputy commissioner of police, ANC.
“We are checking their passports and other details to know whether they came on a visit visa or on a sports visa and whether it is valid. Also, we are checking how the drugs were brought to Mumbai. We are trying to bust the syndicate as there is a high demand for the drug in Mumbai,” said a police officer from ANC, Bandra unit.