Jun 21, 2017

Kenyan held with drugs worth Rs six crore

Ahmedabad, Jun 21 (PTI)The Narcotics Control Bureau today arrested a Kenyan from a Garib Rath train coach near here for allegedly possessing cocaine and amphetamine worth around Rs six crore in the international market.

Acting on a tip off, the NCB sleuths along with some RPF personnel searched some of the coaches of the Delhi-Mumbai Garib Rath train at Kalupur Railway Station here and nabbed John William Best, 33, said NCB Zonal Director Hari Om Gandhi.
"Best was arrested after we found 587 grams of cocaine and 700 grams of amphetamine in his possession. The street value of this contraband is around Rs 6 crore in international market. These drugs were cleverly concealed in foot wears, tie boxes and headphone boxes," said Gandhi.

Preliminary questioning has revealed that Best received this contraband from a Delhi-based supplier and was headed to Mumbai for sending the drugs to New Zealand through speed- post or courier.

"Best claimed that he became a drug carrier for USD 100, which he was supposed to receive for the transshipment of the illegal drug to New Zealand after reaching Mumbai. However, his initial admissions are misleading and we are trying to unearth the entire racket," said Gandhi.

This is the second such major drug haul involving an foreign national in recent times.

Earlier on June 10, the NCB had arrested a Nigerian Peter Chinedu with amphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy tablets worth Rs 3.5 crore in the international market.

He was nabbed in a similar fashion from Vadodara station when he was travelling in a Delhi-Goa train.

"During our investigation, we found that Best was mostly in contact with Nigerians. Thus, we are also trying to investigate his linkages with Peter, who was caught from Vadodara recently," said Gandhi.
Source - PTI