Naija News learnt that the suspect, Chukwu Ogbonna David popularly known as Tony was nabbed in his tent in Hyderabad, the capital of southern India’s Telangana state.
The 37-year-old drug peddler who is said to have established a network of agents for himself in the country was arrested on Thursday alongside nine other consumers of the contraband drugs.
The police authority revealed that the suspect was smart in his operations as he only accept online payments and nothing before he supplied the drugs to his buyers.
“Tony carried out his activity mostly in the South Indian States. We are also probing if the consumers were hosting parties and using the drug,” the police noted.
It was revealed further that Tony was taken into custody from Mumbai and on the input given by him nine consumers, mostly businessmen, were apprehended, with 10 gm of cocaine seized from them.
Speaking on his arrest, Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand affirmed that the Nigerian man was purchasing drug from another international drug-peddler Star Boy, an African, through ships.
The seven others who were arrested are businessmen and realtors identified as; Niranjan Kumar Jain, Shashwat Jain, Yagyanand Agarwal, Dhandul Surya Sumanth Reddy, Bandi Bhargav, Venkat Chalsani and Thamminedi Sagar.
“Niranjan and Sagar took the SIM cards of their office boys Srikanth and Subba Rao to speak to Tony. Hence the office boys were also booked. The police were also probing if the seven persons were supplying drugs to others,” the commissioner said.
The police disclosed that the main supplier of the drugs, Star Boy only uses WhatsApp or VOIP network to contact his agents.
“He does not meet anyone nor does he interact through direct phone calls. We suspect he is operating from some African country and through his network supplies the drug in containers shipped to India.
“The City Police would be writing to the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs seeking help in contacting the Nigerian government to nab Star Boy,” Anand told reporters.
Naija News learnt that Tony departed Nigeria to India way back in 2013 on a temporary VISA, and had illegally continued his stay in Mumbai since then.
He reportedly delved into drug business in 2017 and developed contacts with consumers in Mumbai, Goa and Hyderabad.
Tony according to reports did not expose himself to agents or customers and was using international phone numbers to communicate through WhatsApp calls and VOIP calls.
He was delivering drugs to customers through his agents. Tony has 15 to 20 customers in Hyderabad.