A woman from Myanmar and seven Nigerians, including a husband-wife duo, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in an 'international cartel' dealing in drugs, fake currency and human trafficking, the special cell of Delhi Police said on Saturday.
The police said the gang used to fool people by sending them fake emails and used fake passports for human trafficking.
"The arrested persons have been identified as Olatide Morrison, 55, and his wife Deborah, 47, Myanmar national Lal Chhan Chhuahi, 29, Nelson, 31, Chima Nakappa, 29, Elozie, 60 and Steve, 36," said an officer.
The police found 1.450 kg of party drug methaquolone, 2.5 gram of cocaine, fake US dollars worth 10,000, R15,000, 19 passports, including a fake Indian passport and seven blank Ghana passports, 15 mobile phones and 35 SIM cards from the gang's possession.
Their arrests came after some input by a central intelligence agency stating that a group of foreigners were involved in transporting drugs in and out of the country.
"We were also told that the said group had incorporated and gotten registered several companies in India on fictitious and bogus documents in order to facilitate the transfer of money earned through drug trafficking," the officer said.
During investigations, the police claimed, it came to light that some members of the said cartel would be sending parcels to one Antony Bastone and Patric Hart in Canada on April 6.
Teams were constituted to trace these parcels which, at first glance, seemed to contain 'sarees', 'lehnghas and chunnies'. On closer inspection, they found 253 grams of psychotropic drug methaquolone concealed in plastic packing.
The Nigerian couple, ascertained to be staying in India for the last decade, admitted to have floated two companies to manage the flow of funds collected from drug peddling and other illegal activities.
"Morrison is here on business visa but does missionary activities and was using this as a cover to meet and interact with the cartel. Nelson, Morrison's close associate, has contacts with Pakistani drug suppliers," the officer added.