For four days, Anti-Narcotics Cell officers waited for an alleged drug peddler, who had gulped down cocaine capsules to evade arrest, to pass them out naturally.
But as his condition worsened on Tuesday night, doctors told the police that the three capsules — each 5 gm of cocaine wrapped in duct tape — have to be surgically removed.
On January 29, ANC officers of the Bandra unit set up a trap outside Jehangir Art Gallery in Fort, for Nigerian nationals Kehinde Rotine (20) and Yaya Olarevazu (22) by fixing a fake drug deal.
When one of the officers caught Rotine, he swallowed three cocaine capsules to evade arrest.
“Rotine tried to destroy evidence and gulped the capsules when our officers arrested him. However, his effort was of no use as he was not able to destroy the evidence and after the operation we would be able to extract it,” said Sunil Paraskar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (ANC).
On searching the duo, the officers recovered 10 gm of cocaine (two capsules) from Olarevazu and 5 gm (one capsule) from Rotine.
The two had first come to Mumbai in September 2009 and allegedly peddled drugs to their clients in south Mumbai.
The officers took Rotine to GT Hospital and got an x-ray done, but no capsules were found. On the doctors’ advice, the police took him to JJ Hospital for a CT scan. At 2.30 am, the CT scan report arrived which showed that the three capsules were lodged in Rotine’s small intestine.
“On getting the report, we approached the killa court magistrate, who remanded the two to police custody for five days,” said an ANC officer, requesting anonymity for lack of authorisation to talk to the media.
The doctors advised the officers to feed Rotine so that he would pass out the capsules in his stools. “Rotine refused to cooperate and said he would not eat,” added the officer. For three days, the ANC officers tried to convince him to eat.
On Sunday, JJ hospital doctors informed the police that Rotine’s condition was deteriorating. They said that if the capsules remained in his stomach, they would burst, proving fatal, and suggested operation to remove them.
But Rotine refused to give consent for the operation.
The doctors found one capsule stuck in his large intestine and insisted that the operation was essential.
On Tuesday, the ANC approached the magistrate, who granted permission to get Rotine operated on without his consent. The police also notified the embassy.