CHENNAI: A Nigerian national, part of a Delhi-based international drug cartel, was arrested by sleuths of the local Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) unit on Monday while trying to send 2 kg pseudoephedrine and 100 g heroine through India Post, declaring the parcels as containing hair.
NCB sources said Henry Chidi, living in the city for about three years, was caught red handed while booking the parcels to South Africa and Guinea through the Head Post Office at Ambattur. Postal officials grew suspicious over the weight of the carton as it appeared to be heavier. They then tipped off the NCB suspecting that drugs were being smuggled.
Their suspicion was validated after NCB sleuths opened the carton and found pre-packed pseudoephedrine and heroin. Three such cartons stuffed with of 1,980 gm of pseudoephedrine and 95 gm of heroin besides ‘hair’, the main product, were seized.
During interrogation, Chidi admitted to be part of a Delhi-based international drug cartel supplying contrabands to Africa and Canada. He was remanded to judicial custody by a Court here and was lodged in Puzhal Prison on Tuesday morning.
According to NCB Zonal Director Prem Anand Sinha, the contraband is worth about Rs 20 lakh in the illegal market and Chidi had already sent several consignments to Canada and South Africa through the same Post office.
“The seizure revealed that the foreign nationals trafficking drugs are using India Post for smuggling out the contraband”, he noted.
NCB sources said the cartons were prepacked with drugs in Delhi and handed over to couriers such as Chidi for being booked to various countries where the cartel has its presence. “Besides Henri, there could be several other Nigerians acting as couriers. We are proceeding with the investigations to find out the origin of the drug which is believed to be Delhi”, an official from the agency noted.