Three alleged members of an international drug syndicate, including a Nigerian national, have been arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell. The police claim to have seized 1.8 kg of heroin and 4.2 kg of psychotropic substances from them.
The police received a tip-off that one Manvender would supply a consignment of heroin to a contact named Pannalal at his residence in Nirankari Colony on April 4. Subsequently they laid a trap and arrested the duo allegedly with 1.5 kg of heroin. A search of the house led to seizure of other narcotic substances.
During interrogation, the accused disclosed that they were part of an international racket in smuggling of drugs to other countries.
“Pannalal revealed that he supplied heroin to some Nigerian nationals, who smuggled the consignments out of the country through courier companies,” said a police officer.
The police tracked down one of the Nigerian nationals named Henry Chiendu and arrested him at Dhirpur village on Wednesday. “We seized from him 300 gm of heroin besides Rs.1 lakh, proceeds from the sale of drugs,” said the officer.
The accused identified himself as John Henry Mark claiming that he was from Ghana. A passport issued in that name purportedly from Ghana was also seized from him. The accused claimed that he came to India in November 2011 on a one-year business visa that was extended for a year. However, investigations revealed that the passport was forged.
“The visa stickers and immigration stamps were also forged, according to the High Commission of Ghana in Delhi. We later found out that the accused is a Nigerian national and had come to India in 2008 on a one-month business visa. He then destroyed his original passport and procured a fake one in the name of John Henry Mark. Photocopies of two more Nigerian passports have been seized from his residence,” said the officer.
The Nigerian national purportedly disclosed that he had been smuggling heroin from India to various countries, including South Africa, France, Canada, England and Nigeria.
“Pannalal is a body builder and is expert at processing crude heroin,” the officer said.