Posing as college students, officers of the Anti-Narcotic Cell approached a Nigerian outside the Kalina campus of the Mumbai university on Wednesday evening for 15 gm of cocaine.
After arresting Yusuf Abubakar Smith (27) when they searched him they were shocked to find him carrying cocaine worth 4.5 lakh in the international market.
Smith was on the police’s most-wanted list as he had allegedly supplied drugs to the two college dropouts who had been arrested with 2 gm cocaine each on July 2.
Based on a tip-off, the ANC had arrested the two college dropouts and detained seven others for possession and consumption of drugs outside Bhavan’s College at Girgaum Chowpatty on July 2.
The officers said that Smith sells drugs to students of many south Mumbai colleges and sportsmen.
Smith, who lives in Hotel Heena at Pydhonie, came to the city two years ago. He is a resident of Lagos in Nigeria.
He has been in contact with Mohit Ramchandani (23), who was arrested on July 2, for the last eight months.
“After we arrested Ramchandani and Ifzan Israr Baig (19), we seized Ramchandani’s cellphone and found Smith’s number. But he had switched off his phone,” said Inspector Mrityunjay Hiremath of the ANC.
“Four days ago, when Smith switched on his phone, one of my officers called him and ordered for 15 gm of cocaine for a party. Smith first refused saying the police were after him but later agreed to deliver the consignment at Vakola,” he added.
“After changing the meeting place several times, he finally told us to come to the bus stop opposite Kalina University and we arrested him.”
Explaining his modus operandi, Hiremath said Smith would call his clients to places like Kala Ghoda, the fast food joint opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Colaba Pub or in the lanes near south Mumbai colleges.
He would first drive by in a taxi to check if the customer is alone and not being watched.
“Smith would then ask the customer to get into the taxi and a deal would be struck. After counting the cash, Smith would ask the driver to halt and the customer would leave,” said Hiremath.
During interrogation, Smith allegedly confessed to supplying drugs to students from south Mumbai colleges.
“He claims that he gets the cocaine from his ‘boss’ in Mira Road. We will now concentrate on nabbing the kingpin,” said Hiremath.