The police in the Indian capital of Delhi have arrested a yet-to-be-identified 29-year-old Nigerian for being in possession of heroine worth $354,000.
The Nigerian was arrested in Dwarka Wednesday, under the operation tagged ‘Varchasva’.
“We have arrested a 29-year-old Nigerian national and recovered 270 grams of high-quality heroin worth Rs 2.70 crores (2,70,00,000) in the international market,” said Shankar Chaudhary, DCP Dwarka.
On 6 April, a 50-year-old Nigerian was also arrested along with 1,081 grams of heroin valued at Rs 10 crore or $1.3million in the international market.
The accused, identified as Adefowora Olaitan Adegoke, came to India on a medical visa on December 10.
His visa expired on February 23.
Adegoke was arrested by the Cell Against Illegal Foreigner and Narcotics (CAIFAN) of the Delhi Police.
Under the operation ‘Varchasva’, in the last 72 hours, a number of proceedings have taken place against street crime, organised crime and against a few foreign nationals who are illegally residing in the country and also involved in drug dealings in Dwarka, informed DCP.
“Based on a secret tip, a team was prepared under the leadership of ACP Vijay Singh and SI Subhas, for the arrest of this foreigner,” he added.
According to Chaudhary, the Delhi Police have seized drugs worth Rs 150 crore or $19.7 million in the last seven months.
The deportation and prosecution of the accused persons took place under the relevant sections of the law.
“Meanwhile, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) staff in PS Uttamnagar has also deported five African nationals on Tuesday,” he said further.
The Delhi Police has started an initiative aimed at speedy investigations in the matters of drug dealings, to expose the entire chain of drug dealers including the suppliers, dealers, and buyers.
Police also conveyed that stricter actions will be taken against the landlords and property dealers who accommodate these foreign nationals, without prior verification. (ANI)