A Nigerian national was arrested for allegedly possessing cocaine worth Rs9 crore at a suburban railway station on Tuesday. A team from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) caught him after a tip-off by a ticket checker.
According to an official, Eneh Amobi Wilfred, 47, was caught with a large quantity of contraband. “Wilfried said he was as a tourist and as he wanted $200 to return home, he offered to smuggle the drug,” Kumar Sanjay Jha, NCB zonal director, Mumbai and Goa region told HT. The drugs weighing 1.3kg was to be delivered to someone in the city, an official said.
The drugs were concealed in courier packets and were in his bag. “As foreign nationals are asked to show passports even for domestic flights, couriers prefer trains,” said Jha.
The agency said Amobi was one among the many couriers entrusted by a city-based cartel to smuggle the drugs into the city.
“We suspect that at least four people were involved. The packets changed hands at various railway stations to dodge authorities,” said Jha.
According to the police, the suspects booked tickets in first class AC, second AC and AC 3 tier.
According to a source, Amobi got down from the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express and was about to take a local train. A ticket checker stopped him and asked for a ticket. NCB said it was all part of a trap to buy time after which Wilfried was caught.
According to the NCB, cocaine is a higher class party drug, which is in huge demand. It is costly and used to enhance sexual performance, stated the agency. NCB suspects that the gang has their presence in other cities as well where the drug is being circulated through local peddlers.
According to officials, cocaine is mainly produced in Latin American countries. It is transported to Brazil and from there it is taken to Africa’s Lagos or Lome for packaging. After that, it is smuggled to India. Across the country, local peddlers are given small quantities to be sold in metro cities. The peddlers are paid handsomely and they sell it to only specific clientele to avoid being arrested. The network of peddlers carrying small quantities and targeting mostly the youths make it difficult for agencies to bust the entire racket.