Mumbai: A Nigerian national was arrested at a suburban railway station in Mumbai on Tuesday for allegedly possessing cocaine worth Rs 9 crore. The Nigerian man was caught by the team from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) after a tip-off by a ticket checker. According to an official, Eneh Amobi Wilfred, 47, was caught with a large quantity of contraband. “Wilfried said he was as a tourist and as he wanted $200 to return home, he offered to smuggle the drug,” Kumar Sanjay Jha, NCB zonal director, Mumbai and Goa region told Hindustan Times.
The drugs weighing 1.3 kg was to be delivered to someone in the city, an official said. The drugs carried by Amobi were concealed in courier packets and were in his bag. The agency further added that Amobi was one among the many couriers to smuggle the drugs into the city. “We suspect that at least four people were involved. The packets changed hands at various railway stations to dodge authorities,” said Jha. According to the police, the suspects had booked tickets in first class AC, second AC and AC 3 tier.
A source informed the paper that the Nigerian national got down from the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express and was about to take a local train. Amobi was stopped by a ticket checker and asked for a ticket. Wilfred was later caught and it was a trap by NCB to buy time. NCB suspects that the gang has their presence in other cities as well where the drug is being circulated using local peddlers. The demand for cocaine is very high because it is a class party drug and it’s mostly used in parties.
The menace of drugs like cocaine is very rampant in metro cities as many youth are addicted to it. The drug mafia lures peddlers and gives the small quantity of cocaine to sold. The agencies have a hard time catching the culprits, who are supplying and selling drugs to youth.