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Nigerian national who supplied drugs across Mumbai arrested

This is the third arrest after a woman, Vanessa De Kock, from South Africa was arrested at the Mumbai international airport in March 5 this year with large quantity of the banned drug, Methaqualone, before boarding a flight.

mumbai Updated: May 19, 2017 10:04 IST
Pratik Salunke
Methaqualone haul

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) recently arrested a Nigerian national who is a member of an international drug cartel and an “important facilitator of drug trade” in the city(HT)

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) recently arrested a Nigerian national who is a member of an international drug cartel and an “important facilitator of drug trade” in the city. According to officials, Lucky Steven also kept a list of Nigerians on trial for criminal cases in the city. 

This is the third arrest after a woman, Vanessa De Kock, from South Africa was arrested at the Mumbai international airport in March 5 this year with large quantity of the banned drug, Methaqualone, before boarding a flight.

According to officials, Lucky was known to his peddlers as Jonathan alias Evanke alias David Goodluck. These names were adopted to hoodwink the investigating agencies in the event of any peddler being caught.

“Lucky used different names to dodge agencies. Investigations revealed that Kock lived in Lucky’s Navi Mumbai residence after she had arrived in the city,” said Kumar Sanjay Jha, NCB zonal director, Mumbai and Goa. 

The NCB said that Lucky has been involved in monitoring court cases in which Nigerian nationals were being put on trial. “Lucky kept a list of the Nigerians involved in criminal cases and has also been present in court hearings,” said Jha, adding that they are investigating further.

The second arrest in the case was in the end of March when another Nigerian national Douglous was arrested in the city. The cartel is involved in smuggling Methaqualone out of the country. “Lucky is involved in arranging the stay and the movement of the accused,” said Jha. 

The NCB is also keeping a close watch on peddlers arriving in the city. Investigations revealed that drugs were brought into the city from peddlers who come on a business visa. Lucky’s bank accounts are under scanner and investigations are on about other people involved.

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