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Mumbai: 20th arrest in cruise ship drug bust case: Nigerian held

On Saturday night an NCB team mounted surveillance in front of Westin Gate, Oberoi Garden City, International Business Park, Yashodham and intercepted a Nigerian national, Okaro Ouzama, and found the drugs on him

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: October 10, 2021 9:40:55 pm
mumbai cruise ship drug haulThis is the 20th arrest, including two Nigerian nationals, in the case.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) investigating the drug trail in the cruise ship drug bust case arrested a Nigerian national from Goregaon (east) on Saturday and seized an intermediate quantity of cocaine from him. This is the 20th arrest in the case, including two Nigerian nationals.

On Saturday night an NCB team mounted surveillance in front of Westin Gate, Oberoi Garden City, International Business Park, Yashodham and intercepted a Nigerian national, Okaro Ouzama, and found the drugs on him. Ouzama’s name had cropped up during the questioning of another accused arrested in the case.

“We are making efforts to explore the foreign linkages of the case on the basis of interrogation of all the accused persons,” said Sameer Wankhede, IRS, zonal director, NCB Mumbai.

Ouzama was allegedly the drug supplier of Abdul Shaikh, who was arrested earlier in this case. Ouzama has been in India for over a year on a business visa.

In a press statement released on Sunday, NCB Zonal Director Wankhede reiterated that its officers were not familiar with K P Gosavi or Manish Bhanusahil, who have been made witnesses in the raid conducted on the cruise ship by the NCB.

Maharashtra’s ruling coalition partner NCP had last week questioned the presence of BJP worker Bhanushali with one of the accused, Arbaaz Merchant, and that of Gosavi, the purported detective, with Aryan Khan — and asked why the NCB had let the two perform the role of law enforcement officers.

“A total of nine independent witnesses were involved in the whole operation and Manish Bhanushali and K P Gosavi were among them. Neither of these two independent witnesses i.e., Manish Bhanushali and K.P Gosavi, were known to NCB before 02/10/2021 operation,” Wankhede said in a statement.

Nigerian held for ‘possessing cocaine’

A Nigerian national was arrested by Malwani police for possessing cocaine worth Rs 15.15 lakh in Malwani area of Malad (west) on Friday. The anti-terror cell of the police station, acting on a tip off, arrested Godwin Chukwu, 28, from Sri Ram Mandir Road in Malwani village. Chukwu was staying in a building in Malwani village. The police found 151.5 grams of cocaine on him.

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