A Nigerian national and two persons from Punjab have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a narcotics racket being run from here. Officials said the network for “supplying drugs to Punjab youths” was busted by the Delhi zonal unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday and the agency seized about 825 gm of the contraband.
NCB officials identified the Nigerian as Ifeanyi Okafor (36) who has been living on rent in Uttam Nagar area here after he came to India on a business visa that had expired in May this year, they said. The Punjab-based youths have been identified as Rimpu (35), a resident of Muktsar, and Balwinder S (35).
“Okafor revealed he has been dealing in drugs ever since he had come to India four years ago. He was dealing in all kinds of drugs, including heroin, amphetamine and other synthetic drugs,” NCB zonal director Rohit Sharma claimed.
The three were held while illegally transacting in 25 gm of heroin in Uttam Nagar, they said. Sharma said Okafor was one of the major suppliers of drugs to Punjabi youths who had been coming to Delhi to procure their consignments from him. “The agency had received a specific tip-off in this regard and was on the look out for Okafor for the past two months,” he said.
NCB claimed Rimpu told them that he was not getting high-quality drugs at affordable rates in Punjab and so was sourcing them from Delhi.
The second person, Balwinder S, had recently sold off his vehicle for Rs three lakh and spent the entire amount to procure drugs, the agency claimed.
NCB is trying to identify the sources from where Okafor was procuring drugs in Delhi even as they suspect that indigenous heroin manufactured in parts of Uttar Pradesh was being smuggled into Delhi and subsequently reaching Punjab with the help of some African operatives, they said.