AGAIN? Another Nigerian, Chinedu Chukwudi, arrested in India for drug trafficking

Just few days after three Nigerians were executed for dealing in drugs, another one has been caught in the illicit act. Accused admitted that they were part of an international racket.

Delhi Police special cell has arrested four key members of an international narcotic drug cartel. The accused have been identified as Surender Singh, Balwinder Singh, Catherine Leonard Mrope a Tanzanian National and Micheal Chinedu Chukwudi from Nigeria.

About 4 kilograms of heroin were recovered from the drug suppliers. Several mobile handsets along with SIM cards used in drug trafficking have also been recovered. The police also recovered a car. 

Police said that the international value of recovered heroin is over Rs 16 crores.

The accused were under watch for few months. Investigations revealed that the heroin was brought by the African nationals and are supplied to Punjab and Delhi-NCR.

On July 30, the police received information that two persons Balwinder Singh and Surender Singh came to Delhi and had procured a big consignment of heroin from African nationals from Dwarka. The police got information that both Bindar and Surender were to supply herion near Rohini jail. Acting on the information, the police laid a trap near the petrol pump and arrested the duo.

The accused disclosed that they were part of a massive international narcotic syndicate. They told the police that they used to supply heroin to various persons of Punjab and Delhi-NCR. Both disclosed that they used to get the drug from persons of African origin in Pochanpur, Dwarka area. They also said that they had received consignment of 3 kg heroin from the African nationals.

They disclosed that these suppliers have taken two-three flats in Pochanpur and one house in Sector-38 Gurgaon, Haryana on rent, where they used to keep heroin.

Police formed two teams conducted simultaneous raids at both the hideouts in Dwarka and Gurgaon. During this operation, the main kingpin of this cartel, Nigeria's Micheal Chinedu Chukwudi was nabbed from his rented house in Gurgaon and one kg heroin was recovered from him.

Two passports were also recovered from his apartment.
In the other raid at other rented house of the said Nigerian, two more passports from Tanzania and South Africa having photographs of his wife Catherine Leonard Mrope were recovered.

Fake passport of South Africa was also having stickers of fake visa of India and fake immigration stamps. His wife, Catherine Leonard Mrope was also arrested for illegally staying in India and for forgery and possession of fake passport and other incriminating documents.

Both the above foreigners were interrogated in detail, during which Micheal Chinedu Chukwudi said he has been supplying heroin to drugs supplier including Balwinder and Surender the last six months.

He disclosed that he used to get the supply of heroin from another Nigerian. He told the Police that the fake South African passport was forged by him because his Nigerian passport had expired and he had to shift to Gurgaon a week ago.

Police said the fake passports and visa stickers were prepared with master perfection. Investigation to identify others indulging in preparation of these forged passport and Visa stickers is underway.

Smuggling drugs inside household items
He also said his African friends had contacts in Pakistan and Afghanistan, who used to send heroin to him through couriers, adding that secret cavities carved inside suitcases, bags, household items are being used to safely smuggle the drugs to India.

Source: India Today