Nigerians top list Of Foreigners Held For Drug Trafficking In India

According to authorities in India, Nigerian
nationals have topped the list of foreigners
arrested for drug smuggling in Navi Mumbai,
India over the past five years.
A total of 66 narcotic related cases were
registered between 2012 and April, this year in
the city. Nigerian nationals were involved in 14
of these cases, the police said.
Since 2012, the police have arrested 14 foreign
nationals for smuggling drugs to the city and 13
of them were from Nigeria, while one was from
Barely a week ago, the police arrested one
Nigerian from Kopar Khairane who had come to
sell mephedrone rock and powder. Around 25
gram of the drug in powder form and 85 gram in
rock form collectively worth Rs 3.30 lakh was
seized from his possession.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Tushar Doshi, the
deputy commissioner of police, said:
‘When it comes to drug smuggling by foreign
nationals, by and large all the criminals are
from Africa in general and from Nigeria in
particular. The number of foreign nationals
including those from Africa has also increased
in the city over the past two years.’
The police said that these Nigerians work in
networks which also operate in other cities such
as Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. Apart from their
countrymen, several Indians are also working in
those networks. Officials from the city special
branch told Hindustan Times that presently
around 950 foreign nationals from nearly 70
counties are staying in Navi Mumbai and around
50 of them are Africans.
Amit Shellar, police sub-inspector from the anti-
narcotic cell who also reacted to the report,
‘Most of the Nigerians arrested for drug
smuggling, had come to India on a business
visa. Initially, they would export garments
from Mumbai to their country. However, when
their business would fail, they would trade
drugs for easy money.’
‘Apart from drug smuggling, several Nigerians
were also arrested for online cheating, credit
card and debit card frauds among others,’ he

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