Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Faisal Tan­del

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.

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