Two Nigerians were arrested by the Azad Maidan unit of the Mumbai Polices Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) from South Mumbais Masjid Bunder area on Sunday for allegedly possessing 230 gram cocaine worth Rs 11.5 lakh in the local market.
ANC officers said the police are investigating the source of the contraband and are also on the lookout for potential buyers.
This was the largest quantity of cocaine seized in one case this year,ANC sources said. According to official statistics of the Mumbai Police,132 cases have been registered by the ANC in 2012 and a total of 475 kg of contraband worth Rs 7.32 crore has been seized. Of the 132 registered cases,10 cases are of cocaine seizure. The ANC had earlier seized 193 gm of cocaine in 10 separate cases this year.
Police said Ameka Udechkuva Charles (24) and Yuchen Oakrom Jerin (23) resided in western Mumbais Marol area in a rented apartment. They were later brought to the Mumbai Police headquarters on Monday afternoon from where one of them tried escaping but was quickly nabbed.
We had received information that a substantial quantity of cocaine was being brought to the area. Accordingly,teams were formed and a trap was laid near Manohar Bar and Restaurant on P DMello Road on Sunday. When the duo came to the spot,we nabbed them. The cocaine was found hidden in a packet in their pocket, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (ANC) Vinayak Deshmukh.
Deshmukh said the two accused have been booked under several sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,1985.
Out unit is now on the hunt for the person from whom the cocaine was sourced and inquiries about the potential buyers have also begun. We will nab them in the days to come, said Deshmukh.
Investigations by ANC officers has revealed that the two had come to the country on a business visa,which is valid till August this year.
The accused were produced in court on Monday and have been remanded in police custody till July 7.