India – 12 Nigerians Arrested, 12 More On The Run In Raid On Nigerian Cocaine Cartel. The streets of South Mumbai are a bit safer following the dismantling of the Nigerian cocaine cartel long operating in the notorious Wadi Bunder area. In a major crackdown which began on January 17, the local police unit, the ANC, has nabbed 12 of 24 suspected Nigerian drug peddlers. Their latest feat is the arrest of four operatives.
Previous attempts by the police to crack down on the Nigerian drug peddling cartel in the area had met with little success, with the Nigerian peddlers proving smart and agile.
ANC officials say credit for the turn of events must go to Lande, the new police chief.
“Following the arrest of these 12 peddlers with highly addictive substances, we have busted a module involving mostly foreign nationals who have been operating in South Mumbai,” said one officer requesting anonymity.
Another officer from the ANC said,
“On taking charge, he visited all five ANC units across the city and met up with officers. He also ordered that the network of informers be activated to gather information from all possible sources. While studying the city’s prominent drug peddling areas, he found that Wadi Bunder near Sandhurst Road station was worst hit. When officials raided the spot, the peddlers got violent.”
A modest Lande, meanwhile, refuses to take credit. “It is team work that yields positive results. The officials of the department have been doing a great job.”
Following the successful arrest of seven peddlers on January 29 including Peter Igwedinma (30), Basel Udwaka (28), Naunso Siba (32), Lawson Gwede (29), Chinedu Okechukwu (29), Chinedu Okonkwo (30) and Francis Noed (40), 104 gm of Meow Meow and 38 gm of cocaine worth R3.98 lakh was seized from them. This also led the team to their next arrest — Chukwudi Frankin (24), who was nabbed with 25 grams of cocaine valued at R1.25 lakh on his person.
However, unaware that their gang members has been nabbed, on the morning of February 7, four members of the cartel reached the same spot to conduct business, unaware that the police had received a tip-off from an informant.
The officials swung into action, and this time, nabbed all four with no one managing to get away.
“On reaching the Wadi Bunder bridge, we saw that they were having a discussion. We halted the vehicle and quickly got hold of all four, giving them no time to figure what was going on,” said an ANC official from the Azad Maidan unit.
The arrested were identified as Uzoigwe Viset (28), Basil Oniakboso (26), Juber Giwa (41) and Daniel Emenike (33). A manhunt is on for 12 more members of the Nigerian Cocaine Cartel and the ANC is asking the public for help with information.