The Peruvian police on Friday detained Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, Israeli alleged drug peddler, the main accused in a case relating to nexus between drug dealers and some officials of the Goa police, in Lima, Peru.
He had gone missing from Goa in August last while on bail.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Ravindra Yadav confirmed, while talking to The Hindu late on Sunday evening, that his arrest at the Jorge Chávez International Airport, in Lima, was in response to a Red Corner Notice and an arrest warrant issued by the Goa police through the Interpol in August last, after the Goa police could not trace him.
Mr. Yadav said that police from Peru have “informed us today [Sunday] through the Interpol and we will soon take appropriate steps to extradite him to India.”
Benaim was arrested on March 9 last year after his former girlfriend, Lucky Farmhouse, posted a video, which showed the drug peddler boasting of his links with some policemen from Goa, on a social networking website. These revelations led to the arrest of seven policemen, including Inspector Ashish Shirodkar, in charge of the Anti-Narcotics Cell in the past. All were subsequently released on bail.
He was given bail by a Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Court on June 24. As part of his bail conditions, Benaim was supposed to report to the Crime Branch of Goa police every Monday and as he had not turned up for a few weeks, police started looking for him and came to know of his disappearance.
Cases of nexus between police and drug dealers continue to haunt the Goa police intermittently, with the latest case being that of a Police sub-inspector allegedly caught on a spy camera by a local TV channel while selling drugs to unidentified foreign women. The Goa police have ordered an inquiry by the crime branch.