The Anti-Narcotic Cell of Mumbai crime branch has arrested a Nigerian national and seized 970 grams of Methaqualone valued at Rs 97 Lakhs (N54,084,810.80) in the international market, from him.
The accused identified as Joseph Chidibebere Ozor Iwuozor Inusa, a resident of morta apartment, 2nd floor in sector 18, Juhu gaon, Vashi, was arrested on Friday, January 21.
The police said that the 36-year-old Nigerian national came to India on a visit visa for garment business.
“The anti-narcotic cell and Mumbai crime branch is looking for foreign nationals who came on visit visa for clothes garments business and are selling drugs like cocaine, MD and others.” said a police officer from the ANC on Saturday.
The officials of Kandivli Unit of ANC were patrolling in Mumbai in search of peddlers. On January 21, at 6:45 the team was patrolling opposite the main pump house, Aarey Road, Aarey colony Goregaon east, Mumbai, when they found a suspicious person walking with a maroon bag on his shoulder. The team searched the bag to find two plastic bags with drugs in it,” said a police officer.
Datta Nalawade, deputy commissioner of police, ANC said they have found 970.7 grams of methaqualone worth Rs 97 lakhs from the accused who has been arrested.
“A case has been registered against him for keeping a commercial quantity of drugs with him. He was arrested and booked under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, 1985,” added Nalawade.
The ANC Kandivali unit team had produced the accused in court on Saturday January 22.
“The teams are further investigating to get the supplier’s chain across Mumbai and its suburbs,” said a police officer.
The police said the arrested Nigerian national has a criminal record. He had been twice arrested by the Worli unit of the ANC.
The two cases were registered in 2012 and 2015. He was arrested and later released on bail.