A 45-year-old Nigerian man was arrested on Wednesday in Taloja, India, for allegedly possessing 116 grams of mephedrone worth ₹11.6 lakh.
The accused, identified as Boniface Emenike, was residing in the Taloja area of the country without a valid passport or visa.
According to police inspector Basit Sayyed from the Anti Narcotics Cell, the police raided the flat of the accused while acting on a tipoff.
He said, “Acting on a tip-off, we raided the flat of the accused. Emenike initially evaded us. However, later, he was nabbed from within the society. He came to India using a business visa for selling apparel and started peddling drugs. In 2022, the Thane police arrested him in Mumbra in a peddling case. A few months ago, he came out on bail and restarted peddling.”
According to Hindustatimes, the officer added that although Emenike claimed to run a clothes business, the police found no proof.
During Emenike’s interrogation, he revealed that he received the drugs from another Nigerian national, identified as Ogbona Paul, who was his roommate in the flat.
“Paul is on the run and we are trying to trace him. As of now, he could escape from the country and we suspect that he is still in the city,” Sayyed said.