India busts Nigerian-Afghan heroin cartel, 2 Nigerians arrested

the two Nigerians, first and second from the left and their Afghan collaborators. On the table are some heroin packages siezed from them

India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized Afghan Heroin worth more than Rs 30 crore(about $4.2million) and arrested six persons, including two Nigerians who were part of an international drug smuggling syndicate, Asian News International(ANI) reported.

The NCB in a press release on Friday did not identify the arrested Nigerians.

They were arrested after an Afghan who was expecting heroin cargo in Delhi was arrested. He sang and led the NCB to the Nigerians.

The first Nigerian arrested was arrested in Vasant Kunj area and a search of his house led to the recovery of 6.02 kilograms of heroin.

The second Nigerian was arrested with 488 grams of heroin in the Uttam Nagar area.

“The street value in the International drug market of the total seized contraband is more than Rs 30 crores,” the release read.

“Sustained operation by Narcotics Control Bureau against drug menace with special emphasis on international drug syndicates has further achieved breakthrough resulting in busting an Afghan-Nigerian Heroin cartel which was being operated in New Delhi area,” the release read.

The NCB acted on a tip-off from a reliable source, that one Afghan national was coming to New Delhi from Kandahar, following which security was beefed up at the international airport.

“The alert NCB team also marked two more Afghan nationals whose movements were found suspicious. Though a search of their belongings yielded no contraband, but when they were subjected to medical examination, presence of foreign substance was revealed in their stomach. The three suspects were admitted to hospital and under medical supervision, a total of 253 pellets containing Afghan Heroin were recovered. The total weight of Heroin was found to be 1.8 kgs,” according to the release.

“This successful operation is a result of increased focus of NCB on international drug networks, especially Afghan heroin supply network, who are working in collaboration with Nigerian drug traffickers,” the release added.

The release added that India is a “transit country” for passing the drugs to other countries apart from being a market and therefore the syndicates are ceaselessly trying to smuggle heroin to India.

“Further investigation in coordination with foreign authorities is being conducted to identify other persons involved in the illicit drug syndicate,” the release added. (ANI)



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  • Someone was elected because he promised to fight corruption and bolster security and welfare of Nigerians.

    Yet, he has in his cabinet, Amaechi, Fashola, Kayari, Akpabio, grass cutter, pension fund looter and many bad eggs.

    Whilst Tinubu is busy transporting looted funds with bullion vans, no arrest nor prosecution.

    India and many other countries are busy locking up and even executing Nigerians for various infractions.

    I keep asking myself, if Tinubu and the other looters under buhari's hypocritical government were arrested, prosecuted and jailed and the looted funds recovered and used to empower downtrodden Nigerians, would Nigerians be in the remotest part of the world such as India, in the first instance.

    What an enabler of corrupt party men. What a prejudiced ruler. What a nepotistic, and despotic maximum ruler.

    What a failed ruler. What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

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  • Shina, you are not talking sense. Do you expect the government to do all for the citizens? The government is not the cause of people trading in drugs. There are many legal things to do in Nigeria and other parts of the world to make money. Stop blaming the government. Think of how you can contribute in a positive ways than blaming the government. If you know God well you will be praying for your leaders.

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  • Poor Nigerian boys,they are victims of bad leadership,government in Nigeria. A country where every body man/woman for self. God help us.

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    • Those guys are just being greedy and silly, wanting to get rich quick.

      We are all hard pressed economically but we have not resort to crime but God for help, so they don't have excuse for their crime.

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  • Keep it up, arrest all the black sheep.

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