Kenyan head­ing drug ring held

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: A Kenyan woman who was head­ing an in­ter­na­tional drugs car­tel was ar­rested by Delhi Po­lice’s Spe­cial Cell last week.

Thirty-six-year-old Mariam Mweke was be­ing tracked by the cops for the last seven months and had a re­ward of Rs 50,000 on her head.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Mweke had shifted base to Mum­bai and was co­or­di­nat­ing her car­tel’s op­er­a­tions through VOIP calls and chat plat­forms. A res­i­dent of Nairobi, Mweke is mar­ried and has two daugh­ters who live in Kenya.

Dur­ing her in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the ac­cused claimed to have ar­rived in In­dia in 2016 on a tourist visa for three months, but con­tin­ued to re­main in the county de­spite the ex­piry of her visa.

At first, Mweke did odd jobs but even­tu­ally came in con­tact with a Kenyan na­tional named Obum Fa­vor and took to smug­gling of drugs.

As Fa­vor dealt in heroin sup­ply in Delhi, Pun­jab and Mum­bai, he lured Mweke into work­ing as a car­rier and shut­tle be­tween Delhi and Pun­jab. In due course, Mweke de­vel­oped her con­tacts and started her own drug syn­di­cate.

She said her as­so­ci­ates used to pro­cure heroin from var­i­ous Afghan na­tion­als in Delhi for fur­ther su­ply in NCR and other states of North In­dia. Mweke came on the po­lice radar in June 2018 af­ter cops in­ter­cepted one of her con­sign­ments.

Delhi Po­lice, in 2018, ar­rested Mweke and two of her as­so­ci­ates — Ekene and Martin — with over 7.5kgs of heroin. “Af­ter com­plet­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a chargeshee­t was filed against the three ac­cused on Novem­ber 1, 2018. On Jan­uary 7, 2019, Mweke was granted bail,” said Pramod Kush­waha, DCP (Spe­cial Cell).

Mweke later jumped bail and evaded fur­ther trial pro­ceed­ings. Ef­forts were made to trace her but she re­mained eva­sive. Cops had to de­clare her a pro­claimed of­fender.

Prove re­vealed that she had shifted her base to Mum­bai, re­or­gan­ised her syn­di­cate and started drug traf­fick­ing from the Ma­ha­rash­tra cap­i­tal.

Sources were de­ployed and it was found that Mweke had been liv­ing in Nala­sopara area. A team from Delhi Po­lice went to Mum­bai and ar­rested her again.

Mariam Mweke was be­ing tracked by cops for seven months

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