Nigerians top list of foreigners held for drug trade: Police

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2016 11:28 IST
Police have arrested 10 Nigerians for drug smuggling in past 10 years. (HT FILE PHOTO)

Nigerian nationals have topped the Chandigarh Police list of notorious drug smugglers. Of the 32 drugrelated cases registered by Chandigarh Police against foreigners in the past five years, 10 are against Nigerians.

Besides trafficking, foreign nationals have also been involved in case of assault, brawl and even spying over the past five years, the police said.

The police arrested residents of Afghanistan Bhutan and Tibet in different cases of cheating, immoral trafficking and brawls in the city. The police said most of them came to the city on study visa and some on visitor and business visa. However, the police said they destroyed their passports to hide their identity.

The police data revealed that most of the Nigerians were arrested with cocaine and heroin and during investigation, it was learnt that most of them were either staying on the city’s periphery while some were coming to the city using it as a “transit point”. Nigerians are mainly conduits or smugglers, reveals the police data.

Quantity of contraband seized has varied over the years as in 2012, the police arrested Daniel Ebeve, a Nigerian, with 19 grams of cocaine. In 2014, the police arrested Charles Izuchukwu, another Nigerian, with 27 grams of cocaine.

The police data also revealed that in 2015, a Nigerian, Jackson Ebukauzano, was arrested from industrial Area, Phase-1, with 35 grams heroin whereas Samuel Bai Onukas, also a Nigerian, was arrested with 32 grams of heroin. They had destroyed their passports, the police said.

In 2010, the crime branch arrested Kashif Ali, a resident of Faisalabad in Pakistan, who was staying in the city as Pawan Kumar and was allegedly collecting secret information related to Indian Army Cantonment.

In 2013, the police arrested Chabilal and Chayan Budha, residents of Nepal, with 350 grams of charas and Kher Bahadur and Resham Bahadur, also from Nepal, with 4kg of charas.

In 2015, the crime branch officials nabbed Samera Rahbmonow, a Russian, and two city residents, Sabudin Shokat, and Rajudin, from Sector 22 for immoral activities.

Bhutan and Tibet residents booked for assault on cops

In 2013, the police arrested Jamyang Tosahi, Ugyen and Jigme, residents of Bhutan and Tibet for allegedly assaulting a constable in Sector 15.

DSP (crime) Jagbir Singh said Nigerians were into drug smuggling and some of them visited the city on weekends from Delhi.

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