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Amboli transit point for drugs cartels!

Monday, January 14, 2019
By Zuber Ansari

Over Rs 6 crore cocaine was seized after an international drug cartel was busted by ANC, Bandra Unit, in which two foreign nationals were held

After back-to-back huge quantities of drugs were seized by local police as well as the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) from the Amboli locality in Andheri (W), it seems that the place has become the transit point for drug cartels. The ANC unit has made a good start this year in a drugs seizure worth crores.

The fresh incident has come to light from Amboli where ANC unit officials busted an international drugs cartel and seized six crore worth pure quality of cocaine from two foreign nationals who landed in front of an high school at Sizer Road Junction in Amboli.

ANC sources said when a confirmed information of cocaine deal was given by an informant a trap was laid by senior officials of the Bandra Unit and thus two foreign drug peddlers were  arrested red-handed.

The arrested foreign nationals have been identified as Daniel Ifeanyichukwu Ezieke (38), who was held with 505 gm high quality cocaine worth Rs 3,03,00,000, while another accused John James Fransis (35) was arrested with 500 gms of high quality cocaine worth Rs 30,000,000. The total seizures from both the accused is 1.005 kg cocaine worth Rs 6,03,00,000, sources said.

A huge catch in the beginning of the year, both the accused got the consignment via courier from their country, because the peddlers wanted to skip the air route as they did not want to be caught in the airport.

“We are trying to figure out the person who delivered the consignment to both the peddlers and trying to catch the person whom they were likely to deliver the same. Both the accused have been booked under Section 8 (c), 21(C) and 29 of NDPS Act. They were produced before the Killa Court and remanded to Police Custody till January 17, as further investigation is on, sources added.

It is not a first time that drugs have been seized in Amboli. On December 31 Amboli police seized 20 kg ephedrine drug worth over Rs 3 crore from Jogeshwari (E), brought to the city from Hyderabad. Police arrested two history sheet­ers earlier arrested in 2013 in Hyderabad with  possession of the same drug.

The accused was identified as Mohd Ismail Ghulam Hussain (45) and Dayanand Manik Muddannar (32). Hussain is a resident of Hyderabad while Muddannar is a resident of Vasai.

Police said the duo were transporting high quality ephedrine from Hyderabad by road and were to pass on the drugs to city-based drug peddlers for New Year’s parties.

In February last year Amboli police had unearthed an international connection to the city’s drug racket. The police arrested two people after they recovered 13.4 kg of mephedrone, commonly known as meow meow, valued at Rs 2.68 crore, from them.

The two arrested have been identified as Krishna Chowdhary and Mukesh Takale, both 31.While interrogating the two arrested in the matter, the police received information that the racket was allegedly being operated by Kailash Rajput, suspected to be currently based in Dubai, and wanted in at least two cases registered by the Delhi police in 2017.

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