Hyderabad Police on Wednesday, August 17, busted an international drug racket and arrested seven Nigerian businessmen allegedly involved in peddling the contraband. They seized 73 grams of cocaine and five grams of brown sugar worth Rs 3.5 lakh in the international market.
The accused have been identified as Ejeana Raphael Chidera, C Akuabata, U Solomon Ubabuko, Obiora Chukwuemeka Peter, O Samson C, E Christian Chukwu and U Promise Chukwudi.
Task Force DCP B Limba Reddy said the Nigerians were arrested from two locations in the city and seized the cocaine and brown sugar which was meant to be delivered to customers. Police also seized two laptops, 15 cell phones from their possession besides cash worth Rs 33,600.The suspects came to India on business Visa and have established a drug network all over the metropolitan cities, and became part of an already-existing network of operatives of drug suppliers from Goa. Below is the full statement issued by Hyderabad City Police:
“Today i.e. on 16-08-2016 & 17-08-2016, in a joint operation, the Commissioner’s Task Force, North, West Zone Team with assistance of ANC team, CCS, Hyderabad, nabbed (07) Citizen of Nigerian, who are in possession of Narcotic substance Drug i.e. Cocaine, Brown Sugar in order to delivery to needy customers. Seized (73) grams of Cocaine, (5) grams of Brown Sugar, (2) Laptops, (15) Cell phones, (1) Apple I-pad, (1) Yamaha FZ bike and Rs.33,000/- from their possession.
Details of Accused persons :
1. Ejeana Raphael Chidera S/o. Ikechukwu, age.36 yrs, Occ. Business R/o. H.No.100, Naika Wado, Verla, Bardez Goa , N/o. Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria Country,
2. Chrisval Akuabata @ Anora S/o. John, age. 32 yrs,Occ. Garment business at 32-Ourlady’’s Road, ONITSHA City, R/o. Diva Street, Mumbai, N/o. Inyi, Oji-River, Enugu State, Nigeria Country,
3. Ugochukwu Solomon Ubabuko @ Ugo S/o Ubabuko, age. 29 yrs, Occ. Business R/o. Asagao Street, Goa State N/o. 6-Olaoye Street, Ikotu Egbe, Lagos State, Nigeria country,
4. Obiora Chukwuemeka Peter S/o. Obiora , age. 23 years, Occ. Cloths Business R/o. Mapusa, Goa State, N/o.Achala, Awka North, Anambra State, Nigeria Country,
5. Okorie Samson Chukwuebuka S/o. Okorie, age. 29 yrs, Occ. Business, R/o. Prime Enclave , Prasanth Nagar, Bandlaguda, R.R.Dist N/o. Lagos Street, Ikoye, Ikoyilagos, Nigeria,
6. Ezeh Christian Chuku @ David S/o Ezah Paul Chuku, aged 35 yrs, Occ: African food sales R/o Sainikpuri , Hyderabad N/o Enugu State, Nigeria.
7. Uzor Promise Chukuwudi S/o Late Uzoowuru, aged 32 yrs, Occ: Cloths Business, R/o H.No.8-1-402/A/13/22/1/A, Mini Gulshan Colony, 7 Toombs, Tolichowki, Hyderabad, N/o Imo State, Eastern Nigeria Country.
Seized material :-
1. (73) grams of Cocaine.
2. (5) grams of Brown sugar.
3. (2) Laptops.
4. (15) Cell phones.
5. (1) Apple I-pad.
7. Yamaha FZ bike
The Nigerian national accused persons came to India on business VISA. They use one of their local dialects to communicate with one another and have established a drug net work all over metropolitan Cities and became part of an already existing network of operatives of Drug suppliers from Goa State. The accused Ejeana Raphael Chidera is a king pin of drug trafficking from Goa state to Hyderabad and other metropolitan cities with his associates through his agents and supplying for Rs.2,800/- per gram. The local drug peddlers of Metropolitan cities developed contacts with potential customers and selling the same for Rs.5000/- to Rs.6000/- to needy customers in metropolitan Cities to gain easy profit.
Brief facts of the case:-
The prime accused Ejeana Raphael Chidera is a citizen of Nigeria. He is a king pin of Drug racket at Goa State to other states. He developed a drug network at Goa and other metropolitan cities with his associates namely Chrisval Akuabata @ Anora and Ugochukwu Solomon Ubabuko @ Ugo who are also citizens of the Nigeria.
The above three accused persons developed contacts with drug peddlers of Nigerian Nationals who were staying at Hyderabad by name 1) Okorie Samson Chukwuebuka and 2) Ezeh Christian Chuku @ David and regularly supplying Rs.2500/- to Rs.3000/- per 1 gram Cocaine through accused Obiora Chukwuemeka Peter from Goa to Hyderabad. For which the accused Ejeana Raphael Chidera is giving some amount to Obiora Chukwuemeka Peter as commission depending upon the consignment.
The local drug peddlers/accused persons 1) Okorie Samson Chukwuebuka, 2) Ezeh Christian Chuku @ David are having contacts with local persons who are consumers at Hyderabad and supplying Rs.5000/- to Rs.6000/- per 1 gram.
In another case the accused Uzor Promise Chukuwudi is resident of Paramount colony, Tolichowki, Hyderabad and native of Nigeria used to procure the Cocaine from Okorie Samson Chukwuebuka, Jhon Paul for Rs.2500/- to Rs.3000/- and selling the same to the needy customers through his associate James for Rs.5000/- to Rs.6000/-. The other local associates namely Jhon paul is at large. Further investigations are being conducted to unearth his network with other local and foreign drug dealers.
The North Zone and West Zone Task Force teams started working out the available leads for the past few days by keeping surveillance over the suspected drug addicts at colleges, pubs and hotels, which led to the collection of actionable intelligence, following which a trap was laid and apprehended (6) accused persons while selling the Cocaine near RTC bus stop, at Humayun Nagar and recovered (65) grams of Cocaine, (5) grams of Brown Sugar, (2) Laptops, (13) Cell phones and Rs.30,000/- from their possession by North Zone Task Force. And apprehended (1) accused Uzor Promise Chukuwudi at Paramount Colony, Tolichowki, Hyderabad led to the recovery of (8) grams of Cocaine, (2) Cell phones, (1) Apple I-pad, (1) Yamaha FZ bike and Rs.3,000/- from his possession by West Zone Task Force.
The arrests were made under the supervision of Sri B.Limba Reddy, Dy.Commissioner of Police, Commissioner’s Task Force, Hyderabad by Sri A.Ravi, Inspector of Police, Anti Narcotic cell, CCS, Detective Department, Sri P.Balavanthaiah, Inspector of Police, Commissioner’s Task Force, North Zone, Sri L.Raja Venkat Reddy, Inspector of Police, Commissioner’s Task Force, West Zone, and SIs Sri P.Chandrasekhar Reddy, B.Sravan Kumar, K.S.Ravi of North Zone Task Force, Sri M.Prabhakar Reddy, P.Mallikarjun, V.Kishore, L.Bhaskar Reddy and staff of Commissioner’s Task Force, North and West Zone Teams, Hyderabad.
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