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Mumbai: Nigerian national held, NCB seizes drugs worth Rs 1 cr

The NCB termed it as one of its most “difficult operations” in Mumbai, in which one of its officers sustained a head injury.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: August 14, 2021 12:39:44 am
Seized narcotics by NCB.

The Mumbai Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) late Thursday arrested a Nigerian national while seizing approximately 254 gm of heroin, 52 gm of MD and 7.5 gm of cocaine, worth over Rs 1 crore in the illicit market.

The NCB termed it as one of its most “difficult operations” in Mumbai, in which one of its officers sustained a head injury.

An officer said that they received information about four or five foreign nationals who dealt with a variety of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and meth, and catered to peddlers in Mumbai city and suburbs. “The gang was very dangerous and carried weapons and machete,” the officer added.

While gathering intelligence about the gang, the bureau came to know that the area where it operated is a swamp near Mankhurd railway tracks, which has a creek on one side.

On Thursday night, the NCB team raided the spot and arrested Nigerian national Obiorah Ekwelarat and seized the drugs. However, some of the other accused escaped taking advantage of the difficult terrain and darkness.

“The gang attacked the NCB team with weapons, machete and stones. One of the officers was injured in the head while four others suffered superficial injuries,” the officer said.

He added that this is the second time in last one week that NCB officers have been attacked by drug traffickers.

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