Drug bust case: After two arrests, NCB summons Goa resident for questioning

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has issued summons to a Goa-based resident, A A Azmi to examine him in a case in which the agency had recently arrested two persons, including a Nigerian national, for allegedly running a drug racket.

According to the NCB, a team of NCB officials, with the help of the Mira Road police had intercepted Suffran Lakdawala and had seized cocaine at Kashimira Naka Chowk in Mira Road (E) on July 6.

During preliminary investigations, a team of NCB Mumbai intercepted a Nigerian national, Blessing Edwin Okereke, in Nalasopara on July 7 and recovered mephedrone and cocaine.

Lakdawala used to procure drugs from various foreign nationals in Delhi and Mumbai and used to take orders from people based in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal. He used to travel via air or road to deliver the drugs, especially cocaine. A case was registered by the NCB against Lakdawala and Okereke, said an NCB official.

“After we arrested Lakdawala, some links of his with A A Azmi had surfaced. We had then conducted searches at Azmi’s Goa home and found some incriminating material on his phone. In order to investigate further, we wanted to examine him. We have issued summons to Azmi asking him to appear for questioning on Monday,” said Zonal Director of Mumbai (NCB), Sameer Wankhede.

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