PANAJI: Calangute police arrested a Nigerian national identified as Victor Igwe Amos during a narcotic raid conducted during last night at Porie Ground, Calangute. The 32-year-old resident of Lagos, Nigeria was found in possession of 190 grams of cannabis (ganja, indian hemp) and 17 grams of Charas (hashish) worth a total of Rs 50,000 in the international market.
The police have registered an offence under Section 20(b)(ii)(A) of NDPS Act. Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi received information from reliable sources about a Nigerian national coming to sell drugs in the Calangute area. Immediately within a short period, a team was formed comprising Dalvi, police-sub inspectors Rishikesh Patil, Videsh Pilgaonkar, Prajeet Mandrekar, Sitaram Malik and police constables Swapnil Simepurushkar, Vidyanand Amonkar, Dinesh Morajkar, Yogesh Bordekar and Amir Naik, police officials said.
A police official said:
“The raid was conducted successfully and the accused person was apprehended. During the interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Nigerian is not having any passport or travel document. Hence after conducting inquiry on Tuesday morning, the police have registered another offence against Victor Amos for overstaying in India under section 7(1)(3) of Foreigners Order Act, 1948 R/w section 14 of Foreigners Act, 1946 and section 3(2)(a) & 6(a) of Passport Entry into India Act.”
Charas, a hashish form of cannabis, is a concentrate that is originally found in India/Himalayas and has spread to Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is made from live cannabis buds. The best charas is said to be found in Malana, a North Indian village. Charas is popular in Amsterdam Coffee Shops, but has made a slow inroad into the U.S.A.