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Bulk of drug supply to Chandigarh, Punjab comes from Delhi: Narcotics Control Bureau

At least 10 Delhi-based Nigerian nationals have been arrested in SAS Nagar, Chandigarh in drug cases since January.

punjab Updated: Jun 09, 2017 11:27 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The accused in custody of the Narcotics Control Bureau in Chandigarh on Thursday.(HT Photo)

With at least 10 Delhi-based Nigerian nationals having been arrested for drug peddling in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar since January, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) says a bulk of drugs, especially heroin, to Chandigarh area is being brought from the national capital.

The NCB on Wednesday nabbed a Nigerian national in Sector 17, the latest such incident. The accused, Eze Uchenna James, stayed in Delhi.

“The recent arrests made by NCB and other agencies make it clear that drugs to Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar and Punjab are being brought from Delhi,” NCB zonal director Kaustubh Sharma said.

It was for third time that Eze Uchenna James came to supply drugs to his clients in the city on Wednesday evening, he is learnt to have told the investigators. The accused, who had kept the contraband in a small bag, was arrested near Mela Ground, Sector-17, Chandigarh.

NCB officials said James along with his wife and child came to India in April this year. He has told NCB that he is into the trading clothes which he used from purchase from Tamil Nadu. Preliminary probe has revealed that earlier, James’s friend Refel was arrested in Haryana’s Sirsa district in a drug peddling case. The police had seized 13 gram heroin from him.

“African nationals with Delhi connect are figuring time and again in cases of drug smuggling. Contraband reaches Delhi and then sent for consumption to Chandigarh, Panchkula, SAS Nagar and Punjab,” said the NCB director.

Atul Soni, in-charge, Crime Investigation Agency (CIA), SAS Nagar, said, “We have arrested nine Nigerian national, including a woman, in the past four months. In all cases, the accused were getting heroin from Delhi.”

Delhi-based Nigerians held in Chandigarh

On April 21, the SAS Nagar police had arrested Delhi-based Nigerian national Colin Chukvamunia for drug peddling. His aide Taranjit Singh was arrested on April 19 with 100 gm heroin.

Taranjit told the police that he got the contraband from Colin who had come to India on medical visa. He moved from Mumbai to Delhi in 2013. Colin’s friend used to send him the contraband in a gift pack from Nigeria.

On April 11, the SAS Nagar police arrested Nigerian man Michael and claimed to have recovered 50 gram heroin from him. Cops said he supplied drugs to students of private colleges at Landran. Michael, who had come to India on study visa, did a two-year tourism course from Punjab Technical University. He was staying at Landran illegally after his visa had expired.

On March 29, the SAS Nagar CIA had arrested Nigerian national Nwabueze Anyigor and his accomplice Heilen. The two were staying in Delhi since February 2016. They had come to India on six-month tourist visa. The duo under garb of selling imported clothes were supplying drugs to select clients.

First Published: Jun 09, 2017 11:26 IST