Am­boli cops seize cur­tain-rais­ing co­caine haul

Mid Day - - City - FAIZAN KHAN [email protected]

THE Am­boli Po­lice seized one of big­gest hauls of co­caine this year on Sun­day morn­ing. The 6.5 kg of co­caine, worth over R38 crore, con­cealed in cur­tain rings and rods, was sup­posed to be sup­plied to Johannesburg, South Africa and Auck­land, New Zealand.

The drugs were seized from And­heri. Three Nige­rian men, iden­ti­fied as Fe­bia Onkonkwo, Si­mon Ag­bata, and Michel Hope, along with a Brazil­ian woman iden­ti­fied as Carla Pinto Iris, have been ar­rested un­der var­i­ous sec­tions of the NDPS Act.

Am­boli po­lice in­spec­tor Daya Nayak got a tip-off about the syn­di­cate, af­ter which the team car­ried out raids, and ar­rested the ac­cused from And­heri. Cops also raided an apart­ment in Koparkhairane from where var­i­ous ma­chines used to pack­age the drugs were seized. The modus operandi of the group was a real cur­tain-raiser. Ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Manoj Ku­mar Sharma said, “We were sur­prised upon re­cov­er­ing a num­ber of cur­tains, cur­tain rings and rods from them. The drugs were be­ing con­cealed in­side the cur­tain rings and rods, and packed in small boxes to hide from agen­cies. We are also ver­i­fy­ing if courier agen­cies are in­volved in the smug­gling. As of now, probe has re­vealed that the ac­cused has al­ready sup­plied one con­sign­ment to South Africa.” The ar­rested ac­cused have con­fessed that the con­sign­ment to South Africa was worth R100 crore.

“This seems to be a big­ger in­ter­na­tional drug car­tel and we are dig­ging deeper to reach this gang. The in­volve­ment of some In­di­ans can­not be de­nied,” he added. All the ac­cused were pro­duced be­fore the Ban­dra mag­is­trate court and sent to po­lice cus­tody till Fe­bru­ary 16.

(From left) Fe­bia Onkonkwo, Michael Hope, Si­mon Ag­bata and Carla Pinto

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