The Delhi Police on Friday claimed to have arrested 27 year-old Afghan national and 30-year-old Ivory Coast national on the charges of supplying heroin in the national Capital and Northern India. Police have recovered 8 kg heroin from the possession of the accused, estimated to be around Rs 32 crore in the international market.
The accused have been identified as Asadullah (27), an Afghan national, presently residing at Hauz Rani, Delhi and Moussa Zie (30) and an Ivory Coast national, presently residing in Nihal Vihar, Delhi.
According to Pramod Singh Kushwaha, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Special Cell, in view to deal with the smugglers indulge in smuggling drugs suspects indulge in supply of heroin in Delhi and north India were identified when specific inputs were received regarding one of the accused Asadullah who would be coming near Geetanjali Bus Stop in Malviya Nagar area to supply consignment to a person.
“A police team laid trap and the accused was apprehended with 6 kg of heroin in his possession.
On his instance, a receiver Moussa Zie was also nabbed by police with 2 kg of heroin in his possession,” said the DCP.
“During interrogation the accused Asadullah disclosed that he used to visit India on medical visa and smuggled consignments of heroin in Delhi from Afghanistan and handed over the same to many African nationals, one of whom is Moussa Zie. He further disclosed that many other Afghans are also involved in smuggling of heroin in India by swallowing heroin filled capsules. In the past, many Afghan nationals with this modus operandi were arrested by the various law enforcement agencies,” said the DCP.
“During interrogation, Moussa Zie has disclosed that he arrived in India in July 2017 on a tourist visa for a period of 6 months but did not return even after the expiry of visa.
He was lured by a Nigerian national for smuggling heroin and he acted as carrier of heroin for him for 6 months. Thereafter he developed his own network and since then has been smuggling of heroin independently,” said the DCP.
“He also disclosed that various persons of North India were involved in supplying drugs and frequented Delhi to receive supplies from him.
He also further revealed to have supplied the heroin to other countries including Canada, England, France and South Africa through courier companies,” said the DCP adding that further efforts are being made to identify other persons involved in this racket.