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Nigerian arrested with drugs worth Rs 2 crore

by Raju Vernekar
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Mumbai, July 9:

A Nigerian who had arrived by New Delhi-Ernakulam Mangala Express was arrested at Taloja in Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra) with addictive drug “Amphetamines” worth Rs two crore,  by Railway Protection Force (RPF). 
The accused who disclosed his name as Sunny Ocha IYKE (41), a native of Nigeria in West Africa, was carrying a bag containing the drug, identified as Amphetamine, a banned substance under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985, in a train from New Delhi. 
He was apprehended by RPF Head Constable KN Shelar and Shivaji Pawar of Maharashtra Security Force, working under RPF, when he got down from New Delhi- Ernakulam Mangala Express between Nilaje and Taloja, after resorting to alarm chain pulling on late Tuesday evening. He was travelling on an AC-3 Tier ticket from New Delhi to Panvel. He was taken to RPF office located at “Diva”, in Thane district. 
“His bag was checked and after a suspicious substance was found, he was detained for  enquiry. Senior Divisional Security Commandant, Mumbai Division, Central Railway coordinated with the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB), Mumbai and their help was sought,” Central Railway said. 
The Investigating team along with experts at RPF, “Diva” examined the substance and detected a narcotic drug namely “Amphetamines” weighing 2.300 kg. The approximate value of seized drug is Rs. 2 Crore. The Amphetamines is highly addictive drug that stimulates the central nervous system and it is given to the people suffering from “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The accused and the seized drug substance were handed over to NCB authorities following procedure under NDPS Act. 
However an attempt to bring in drugs despite strict monitoring during ongoing COVID-10 induced lock down has baffled authorities who are trying to find out whether there is a larger  syndicate involved behind this drug trafficking.

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