The Punjab Police claimed to have busted a drug ring on Wednesday as they arrested six Delhi-based Nigerian nationals who acted as "end recipients" of heroin consignments transiting through Punjab.
The arrested Nigerians told the police their names were Sydney Obinna, Uzochekwu Clement, Alogsis Ezechinelu, Mike, Victor and Peter.
"They were residing in a rented accommodation in Uttam Nagar, New Delhi, from where they were arrested by the Punjab police today. The information provided by them was being verified and the concerned foreign embassy was being intimated about the arrests," a police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that the Nigerians were in contact with "Pakistan-based heroin smugglers Abid Ali, Sajabad and Bhola". "Abid Ali and Sajabad had recently sent a consignment of 22 kg of heroin which was seized by the SSOC in April 2014.
Bhola's courier Mohd. Ishfaq alias Malangi, a Pakistan national, has already been arrested by the Punjab police and was currently lodged in the Amritsar jail in connection with seizure of 6 kg heroin, huge quantity of fake Indian currency notes and a weapon," he said.
He added the arrested Nigerians were kingpins of an international and inter-state drug distribution network with contacts in Nigeria, Brazil, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, the United States (US), and, the Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.