Two persons, one of which is a Nigerian, Chigozie Foster Okafor, alongside an Indian national, Babu Lal, aka Bablu have been arrested as part of an international narcotic drug syndicate in India.
Upon their arrest over the weekend, the police recovered over 16.65 kg of narcotic drugs worth over Rs30 crore (₦1.6 billion).
According to reports, a team from the Special Cell Unit of the Delhi Police laid a trap for the suspects near the cremation ground of Mangolpuri after which they were nabbed with some quantities of substance believed to be heroine.
And acting on the information given by Babu Lal, police arrested Okafor at a rented apartment in Ram Nagar, Delhi, and seized over 16.65 kg of narcotics along with a car and a scooter.
During the interrogation, the police said the duo revealed that they are members of an international narcotic drug syndicate.
According to the police, Okafor was identified as the main supplier of heroin, which he gets from a Delhi-based Afghan national, whose whereabouts are currently unknown, whereas Babu Lal helped to supply the heroin to small drug traffickers in Punjab and Haryana.
Okafor also sends consignments of heroin to other countries, including the UK, Sri Lanka, the UAE, Nepal, Bangladesh, and South Africa through courier companies by using fake IDs, the police said.
The police further disclosed that Okafor came to India in July 2019 on a six-month business visa but did not return to Nigeria after the expiration of his visa.