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African couple among 4 held for supplying drugs in Punjab, Delhi

Besides Nigerian couple, drug suppliers Surender Singh and Balwinder Singh, both from Kapurthala, were arrested by Delhi Police with 4kg heroin on Saturday.

punjab Updated: Aug 01, 2016 21:29 IST

Police claimed to have unearthed a nexus between Punjab-based and foreign drug suppliers with the arrest of four persons, including an African couple, and recovered 4kg heroin worth Rs 16 crore in the international market from them.

“The group’s kingpin Micheal Chinedu Chukwudi, a Nigerian national, his wife Catherine Leonard Mrope from Tanzania and drug suppliers Surender Singh and Balwinder Singh, both from Kapurthala in Punjab were arrested on Saturday,” Delhi deputy commissioner of police (DCP special cell) Sajiv Kumar Yadav said.

Balwinder and Surender received 3kg heroin from Micheal and were going to supply it near a petrol pump close to the Rohini jail in the national capital when they were nabbed by the special cell sleuths, the official said. During interrogation, the duo admitted that they used to supply heroin in Punjab and Delhi-NCR.

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Micheal, who lived at Pochanpur in Dwarka, had rented two-three apartments there and a house in Gurgaon where he used to keep heroin, Yadav said.

Simultaneous raids were conducted in Dwarka and Gurgaon and the kingpin of the cartel was arrested and 1kg heroin was recovered from him, the official said.

In another raid, Micheal’s wife was arrested on the charges of illegally staying in the country for nearly two years, forgery and possession of fake passport, he said.

Apart from their Nigerian and Tanzanian passports, counterfeit South African passports with stickers of fake visa of India and immigration stamps were recovered from the couple, Yadav said.

During interrogation, Michael admitted that his friends had contacts in Pakistan and Afghanistan and they used to send heroin to him through human couriers as well as courier deliveries. He was supplying heroin to drug suppliers in Punjab through Balwinder and Surender for past six months, the DCP said.

He also admitted to forging South African passport as his Nigerian one had expired, he added.

First Published: Aug 01, 2016 21:28 IST