The Jalandhar police have arrested two Nigerian nationals, including a woman, for drug peddling and seized 4-kg heroin from their possession during a late-night raid on Monday.
The accused have been identified as Agu Emmanuel, 32, of Amokwe city and Okoh Precious, 20, of Asaba city in Nigeria.
Acting on a tip-off, cops from the Rama Mandi police station raided a house at Panchsheel Enclave near Dakoha area in the city late on Monday night. Though Agu Emmanuel was arrested immediately at his rented accommodation, Okoh Precious scaled the boundary wall of the house and escaped. She was later nabbed from a nearby street.
The cops recovered 4-kg heroin from the house. The contraband was reportedly brought from Delhi. Rs 2.45 lakh were also recovered from the accused.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, police commissioner Arpit Shukla said Okoh had reached the city two days ago. He said the duo was planning to move from the house when cops conducted the raid.
“Agu had lied to the house owner that he was a student,” said the police chief. During interrogation, he refused to share details about his customers, said Shukla.
The police chief said he will be able to comment on the duo’s modus operandi after further interrogation. As the cops are facing problem during quizzing owing to language barrier, court has sent the suspects to police remand till June 18. They have booked under Section 21-6185 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Rama Mandi and its surrounding areas have a large number of African nationals, studying in various educational institutes, residing as tenants. Sources said the house in which Agu Emmanuel was residing belongs to a Phagwara village sarpanch.
Recently, the Patiala police had arrested a Nigerian national and his accomplice, who were ferrying heroin from Delhi. The two were planning to supply the contraband to youngsters, especially students of schools and colleges.