- A Nigerian, identified as Eneh Wilfried Amobi, has been arrested with a large quantity of contraband after a tip-off by a ticket checker in India
- Wilfried’s arrest comes shortly after two Nigerian men were arrested from Vikaspuri, New Delhi, India, after they were caught peddling hard drugs
- A team from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) states that the contraband were concealed in courier packets and were in the suspect’s bag
A team from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested another Nigerian identified as Eneh Wilfried Amobi, in India for allegedly possessing contraband worth $1.4m at a suburban railway station in Mumbai
The Punch, citing the Indian newspaper, The Hindustan Times, reports that Wilfried was caught with a large quantity of contraband after a tip-off by a ticket checker.
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Wilfried’s arrest comes a day after Legit.ng reported that two Nigerian men were arrested from Vikaspuri, New Delhi, India, after they were caught peddling hard substances
“Wilfried said he was as a tourist and as he wanted $200 to return home, he offered to smuggle the substance,” Kumar Sanjay Jha, NCB zonal director, Mumbai and Goa region told HT. The drugs weighing 1.3kg was to be delivered to someone in the city, an official said.
The NCB states that the contraband were concealed in courier packets and were in the suspect’s bag.
“As foreign nationals are asked to show passports even for domestic flights, couriers prefer trains,” said Jha.
The agency said Amobi was one among the many couriers entrusted by a city-based cartel to smuggle the contraband 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 booked tickets in first class AC, second AC and AC 3 tier.
A source said that Amobi got down from the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express and was about to take a local train. A ticket checker stopped him and asked for a ticket. NCB said it was all part of a trap to buy time after which Wilfried was caught.
Nigerians topped the list of foreigners arrested for drug smuggling in Navi Mumbai over the past five years, according to a report on May 9 by the Hindustan Times.
According to the sources from the anti-narcotic cell of Navi Mumbai police, a total of 66 narcotic related cases were registered between 2012 and April, this year in the city. Nigerian nationals were involved in 14 of these cases.
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The police citing sources from the anti-narcotic cell of Navi Mumbai police, stated that Nigerian nationals were involved in 14 of these cases, of out of 66 narcotic related cases registered between 2012 and April, this year in the city.
Since 2012, the police have arrested 14 foreign nationals for smuggling drugs to the city and 13 of them were from Nigeria, while one was from Ghana.
In a related news, two Nigerian brothers identified as Kenechi and Oluchi Ochereobia have been arrested by police in the United Kingdom for flaunting massive cash, expensive jewellries, wrist watches and cars.
Legit.ng gathered that the brothers were arrested over their alleged involvement in drug deals. Pictures of the brothers showing off the huge amount of money they had were seen by the police who did not slack in picking them up.
Kenechi and Oluchi along with some other members of a drug dealing gang have been picked and would be spending a long time in jail as a result of their activities. The two Nigerian brothers were said to have been in control of a network of drug distributors.
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