July 23, 2009 4:01:33 am
The recent arrest of Kenyan national Micah Aloo Dumbi (29) in Bangalore for cocaine trade has cast the city in a bad light. According to the police,Pune could be a major link in the trade of cocaine,a narcotic substance costing over Rs 10,000 a gram.
The crime branch of Bangalore police had arrested Micah a couple of days ago and recovered from his possession 33 grams of cocaine worth Rs 3.5 lakh. Joint Commissioner (crime) Alok Kumar of Bangalore police told Newsline over phone that Micah had brought cocaine to Bangalore thrice in June,through his friend in Pune,also a Kenyan national.
We are investigating if Pune is a transit point of cocaine trading. A probe is on to identify the channels by which Kenyan peddlers bring cocaine to India, he said.
Micah is believed to have students,software engineers,BPO employees and foreigners as consumers.
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Investigation revealed that Micah,a resident of Western Kenya,had come to India in 1998 on a student visa. He got admission to a law college in Aurangabad,but left studies and joined his Kenyan friends involved in cocaine trade. His visa expired in 2004 and since then he is staying illegally in India.
The police said Micah and his friends used to travel to Mumbai,Bangalore,Kolkata and Pune for selling cocaine.
The Pune police are,however,struggling to crack down on cocaine trade. They havent made any seizure of cocaine in the past two years. When asked if there is any information about the arrest of any Kenyan national supplying cocaine from Pune to Bangalore,Deputy Commissioner (anti-narcotics cell) Rajendra Dahale said the Bangalore police had not communicated to them about the case.
Sources said the police are finding it difficult to get informers about cocaine trade in Pune. However,the police suspect that cocaine has a market in upmarket areas like Koregaon Park and Kondhwa. It is suspected to be prevalent even in Khadki and Chandani Chowk near Bavdhan.
Meanwhile,police sources said several drug peddlers arrested earlier have restarted their activities after getting bail from court. In May this year,the Bund Garden police had seized 2,057 kg of ganja worth Rs 39 lakh from one Ayub Amir Khan (50) of Kondhwa Khurd,who has been on the police records since 2002.
Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh has ordered the police stations to prepare a list of drug peddlers who have been arrested more than once under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. The police are planning a major drive against drug peddlers under the relevant sections of the criminal procedure code and Bombay Police Act. A list of 28 such drug peddlers is ready with the police,but none of them is involved in cocaine trade.
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