The Anti Narcotics Call (ANC) of Mumbai’s crime section caught a Nigerian national with a contraband substance worth $1 million (N331,357,767.84) as part of its crackdown on drug peddlers
Inusa Godwin alias John, 36, was captured with nearly 2 kg of the recreational drug methaqualone.
Officials added on Thursday that the accused is a notorious peddler who was previously detained by the Azad Maidan and Ghatkopar ANC units, as well as Sonegaon police in Nagpur, for similar offenses.
According to the officials, ANC officials from Kandivali received information that a drug salesman was planning to visit Aarey Road in suburban Goregaon, so they set up a trap for him.
A Nigerian national was noticed lurking in the neighborhood in the afternoon, suspiciously carrying a bag.
“He was seized on suspicion and methaqualone weighing over 2.014 kilogram was discovered during his search,” said Datta Nalawade, Deputy Commissioner of Police (ANC).
The illicit material is worth about Rs 6 crore on the foreign market, according to an official.
Following the seizure, Godwin was booked under the provisions of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and was produced before the court which remanded him to police custody.
The drug is addictive in nature and initially used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety later it was being used as a recreational drug. Overdose of methaqualone could result in a coma or even death in some cases, said officials.