7th February, 2014
The police in Ankleshwar, India have booked a Nigerian under various sections of Narcotic Drugs and Pyschotropic Substances Act after brown sugar worth Rs 30 lakh, about $48,000, was recovered from him.
Police had detained Kalu Okare Obasi, 36, a native of Nigeria, on January 31 after he was found moving around suspiciously on the national highway 8 on January 31. They had also found two passports from him, one issued in November 2013 from Federal Republic of Nigeria and another from Kingdom of Lesotho where his name is written as Aeshan alias Musongi that was issued on September 18, 2008.
His name, birth date and address are different in both passports. Moreover, he has a valid business visa for both the passports till November 6, 2014. He arrived in India on January 6.
Police also found a parcel acknowledgement of a leading private courier company from him. The description of parcel mentioned the contents as saree. The destination of the courier was mentioned as Title Blue Agency No.13500, MCC Raken Road, Garlfield Heights, OHO 44125 USA.
“When we asked him about the parcel, he said that an unknown woman named Vomica met him at Ankleshwar railway station and requested him to make a courier on her behalf at the mentioned address and he obliged,” said MS Rana, police inspector, Ankleshwar GIDC.
However, police took his version with a pinch of salt and collected the parcel from the courier office in Ankleshwar. On opening the parcel, police found a pink colour chaniya choli, which had a lace at the bottom. The lace contained some white coloured powder, which was sent to Gandhinagar’s forensic laboratory.
The report was received on February 5 and it was revealed that it was 152.8 gm heroin. Bharuch superintendent of police Bipin Ahire told TOI: “We have started investigation about all the places that he visited and lived as well as the documents like passports and visa. We are trying to trace the source of brown sugar as well as his local contacts.”
In another development, another Nigerian was arrested Tuesday night by the Indian Customs (Preventive) Narcotics police at Koregaon Park, near Mundhwa in the city of Pune, in the state of Maharashtra.
The Nigerian was identified as Rotimy(Rotimi) Aziz alias Jojo (32) from Undri.
He had on him 75 gm of cocaine worth $5,600.
According to reports, ‘Rotimy’ had arrived on a motorcycle to sell cocaine to a customer around 11.25 pm.
The officials intercepted ‘Rotimy’ when he reached the spot, took him into custody and seized the cocaine packed in a plastic bag from his trousers. The motorcycle worth $1300 was also seized.
Inspector (narcotics cell) Satish Kulkarni said ‘Rotimy’ came to India on a business visa in 2000. He had stayed in Mumbai, Pune and New Delhi. Kulkarni said ‘Rotimy’ got into cocaine sale for quick money in 2008. He shifted base to Undri to expand his network.
.Culled from Times of India