Two Nigerian drug peddlers and one from Ivory Coast, were arrested and 254 grams of cocaine well worth 15 lakh was once seized from their possession after a raid at their house at Khadarbagh close to Golconda in Hyderabad on Sunday night.
Excise sleuths arrested Zadi Pascal of Ivory Coast, Ugochukwu Chima Goodluck and Okoro Uchenna Samuel, both from Nigeria. Acting on specificinformation, the excise department’s enforcement wing raided a houselocated at Bahaduryarjung Colony in Khadarbagh, Golconda on Sunday night and arrested the trio in possession of 254 grams of cocaine.
“Apart from the contraband, we have also seized 3.2 lakh cash, which the accused have accrued from clientsbyselling the drug. Our team has additionally seized three motorcycles and fourcellphones from the accused,” deputy commissioner, excise, C Vivekananda Reddy, said.
On interrogation, Pascal confessed that he had been working for two businesses of cocaine peddlers working from Mumbai and Bengaluru.
.”Goodluck works for Bengaluru-based cocaine supplier Ebuka, whileSamuel has been working for Mumbai-based dealer Dandy, who in turnoperates on the instructions of Nigeria-based peddler Lucky,” excise branchassistant superintendent N Anji Reddy said.
Goodluck got here from Bengaluru a few days ago and exceeded over cocaine to Pascal. After the sale, he used to be supposed to collectcashfrom Pascal and hand over it over to Ebuka. Samuel came from Mumbai to maintain a watch on Pascal’s operations in the city on behalf of Dandy and Lucky. None of the arrested peddlers have a valid visa and they have been staying illegally in the country for the previous two-and-half-years, the excise officers said.
The deputy commissioner said they have identified some clients and excellentlegalmotion would be initiated towards them. The accused had been produced in court, which remanded them in judicial custody.