Nigerian man arrested in India with cocaine worth over N17m

A 47-year-old Nigerian national was arrested by the Mumbai criminal branch’s Anti-Narcotic Cell for allegedly possessing 110 grams of cocaine worth Rs 33 lakhs (N17,986,645.31)

According to the police, the suspect, named as Boega Habib Abubakar, lived in the Virar neighborhood of Mumbai.

The Azad Maiden section of the ANC was patrolling in the South Mumbai area on December 24 under the supervision of Rajendra Dahifale, senior police inspector, Azad Maidan Unit.

A suspicious Nigerian national was discovered roaming around near Mandvi BEST sub-station, VV. Chandan street, Masjid Bunder, Mumbai, according to the team.

“We carried out a body search to find 110 grams of cocaine in his possession worth Rs 33 lakhs. We have registered a case against him under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act,” said Datta Nalawade, Deputy Commissioner of Police, ANC.

Nalawade said the accused came for delivery in Mumbai.

“We are further investigating to check where he brought the drugs from. Also, probing if there is any international link to smuggling,” he added.

Dahifale further said the accused was produced in court and remanded in police custody for five days.

The police suspect the drugs were brought to Mumbai for the relievers. As the demand for drugs is high across Mumbai and suburbs over the celebration of ongoing Christmas and upcoming new years.

“With the numerous crackdown on foreign nationals who stay around Mumbai suburbs, they were not coming out for any deal or supply of the drugs in Mumbai. However, with the high demand for New Year, he may have come out for the supply,” said a police officer. 

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