HYDERABAD, INDIA: A Nigerian identified as 25-year-old Gabriel Aja O, a native of Port Harcourt in Nigeria was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of drug peddling and carrying out drug trade in the city. Gabriel Aja O is living in India on a business visa in the disguise of doing garments business. The Rachakonda police arrested Gabriel Aja O, along with his girl friend and one more person at Greenhood apartment in Yapral.
Gabriel Aja O is believed to be the mastermind in the drug scandal that is causing tremors in Tollywood. Gabriel, a key hand in the Nigerian drug racket that operates from its Goa base, was picked up from Koukoor near Yapral. An unspecified amount of cocaine, heroine and a lap top was also recovered from him. According to the police, his girlfriend swas also taken into custody.
Nigerians, who were arrested in drugs smuggling case, have revealed that Gabriel Aja O was supplying drugs to them. Gabriel, who allegedly has links with international smugglers, was smuggling banned drugs from Goa to Hyderabad. The police seized cocaine and brown sugar from them. Gabriel Aja O and his girlfriend came on a business visa to India for 2 years. But, they continued to stay in the country even after visa expiry.
Police said the accused, Gabriel Aja O, arrived in India in October 2016. He used to travel between Delhi and Hyderabad and stay with Nigerian friends. In the process, he developed contacts with drug peddlers.
Finding it lucrative, Gabriel Aja O completely shifted to Hyderabad and spread his network across the country. He used to procure cocaine from Pune-based drug ring operated by the Nigerians and sold the contraband to small time drug peddlers besides selling it directly to the drug abusers.
Gabriel Aja and accomplice with faces covered
Though he took elaborate care, such as using his own dialect and selling the contraband through agents to conceal his identity, sleuths of the task force tracked and nabbed him.
Lady Don Palaparthy Sangeetha and Ozuku Cosmos who were earlier arrested by Hyderabad Cops in Nigerian Drug Racket case disclosed crucial information during the interrogation that gave away Gabriel Aja O., according to information from police officers who effected his arrest.
This is not his first arrest. Gabriel Aja O was arrested in the past in connection with drug-peddling and came out on bail. In his previous arrest, an unspecified amount of cocaine, heroine and a lap top was also recovered from him.