The Anti-Narcotic Cell of Mumbai crime branch has arrested three foreign nationals and found drugs including cocaine, mephedrone and MDMA worth Rs 3.18 crore. The police said the drugs were for revelers across Mumbai and suburbs to celebrate the new year occasion.
The police said orders were issued from the superiors to keep a check and to take action against drug peddlers on the eve of new year celebration. Accordingly a team of officers from Bandra ANC including police inspector, Sanjay Chavan along with assistant police inspector, Wahid Pathan, Suresh Bhoi, Shrikant Karkar and police sub-inspector, Shankar Pavle was patrolling near Tata colony, in front of BESt bus stop, Bandra-Kurla circle road, Bandra east.
"We found a Nigerian national roaming suspiciously and was carrying a bag. We laid a trap and questioned him as to what he was carrying in the bag. He said it's cocaine and mephedrone. However, the accused was identified as Ebe Chinedu Maik 39. On further search the team found 105 grams of cocaine and 120 grams of mephedrone in his bag," said a police officer.
The police said Maik revealed that he got the drugs from his foreigner friends. The accused said his friends stand near a container toilet near Vashi check naka towards Mumbai. "The team further reached the spot and detained Odife Nadubusi Bartholomew, 40 and found 120 grams of cocaine and 850 grams of mephedrone. They also found Monday Igu 38 and found 180 gram and 350 gram of mephedrone and 235 grams of MDMA," said a police officer.
Datta Nalawade, Deputy commissioner of police, ANC said a case has been registered against the three under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act. "Our team has overall seized 225 grams of cocaine, 1 kilogram and 500 gram of mephedrone and 235 grams of MDMA worth Rs 3.18 crore," added Nalawade.
The police said the foreign nationals stayed in the Vashi and Navi Mumbai area. The ANC teams suspect that the trio are linked to some international drug cartel supplying drugs in Mumbai and suburbs. "The Nigerian national did the deal near the Mankhurd railway tracks. We suspect a group of these foreign nationals came to India on a visa for cloth trading. After staying here they got into the drug business to earn quick money," said a police officer.
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