Bengaluru, India : Police officers posing as customers on Friday arrested a 32-year-old Nigerian national who was allegedly selling cocaine through WhatsApp calls and messages. The police recovered from him 6.5 g of cocaine, worth Rs. 40,000.
Initial investigations revealed that the accused, Achunike C. Nwafor, used to get cocaine consignment from his contact in Mumbai and alert his customers through WhatsApp. Based on a tip-off , the J.P. Nagar police, posing as clients contacted him, gained his trust and placed an order. “He asked us to collect ‘the stuff’ at a pub in the city, which he would visit frequently,” said a senior police officer.
A team of policemen in informals caught him red-handed. His associate Syed Hafeez, 27, from Kalasipalya was also arrested.
Achunike had allegedly forged travel documents, which he used to procure a SIM card. “Using the SIM card he communicated his contacts and clients only through WhatsApp to avoid police surveillance,” the officer added.
The Konanakunte police arrested a 30-year-old man on Friday and recovered 44 gm of opium from him. Lakshman Ram Patil, a native of Rajasthan, was caught while he was waiting for his customers.
Patil have confessed to the police that he purchased the drugs from his contact in Rajasthan.
A case has been registered at JP Nagar police station against the accused under Sections 120B, 465, 468, 471, 474, 419, and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 8(C) and 21(B) of NDPS Act and Section 14 of Foreigners Act and Section 5 of Registration of Foreigners Act.
He has been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and remanded in judicial custody.