They had gotten away with it twice. But the third time this duo allegedly attempted to peddle narcotics via a north Delhi-based courier company, the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch was waiting.
The Delhi Police have recovered 100 grams of fine heroin stashed in a package that Mark Lucky, a Nigerian national and Ivon Xavier had reportedly booked for South Africa.
“The heroin was stashed in a specially-created cavity in a photo frame. The men had approached a courier company in north Delhi’s GTB Nagar to ship it to South Africa,” said a senior police officer.
According to police, while Lucky holds a post-graduate degree in mass communication, his local contact Xavier is known to have been involved in five cases of motor vehicle theft in the city.
Police said the duo was apprehended when it approached the courier company to check the shipping status of the package.
“The duo had first approached the courier company on March 22,” said Neeraj Thakur, ACP (crime).
“We arrested them on April 3, when they revisited the company to check on the status of their package, around 12.25 pm.”
During questioning, Lucky reportedly told the police that he had first visited the capital in January 2009 and stayed at north Delhi’s Nirankari colony.
“After a few months, however, he shifted to Hardev Nagar, where he came in contact with Xavier,” the officer said.
It was further revealed that he had already sent two parcels on two separate occasions in a similar manner to foreign countries and was presently staying in the capital without any valid documents, police said.
This incident comes just days after 2.5 kg of hashish, concealed in two gramophones, was recovered from the office of a courier company in GTB Nagar on March 22.