Mumbai: Cocaine worth Rs 1.8 crore seized, Tanzanian national held

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Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) A 42-year old Tanzanian national was arrested early on Saturday and cocaine worth around Rs 1.8 crore was recovered from him at Agripada in South Mumbai, police said.

The arrest was made by the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai crime branch, they said.

'The Azad Maidan unit of the ANC had received a tip-off, following which it laid a trap near Dr Malmida Road in Agripada in the early hours of Saturday and caught the accused, who was found roaming suspiciously in the area,' a senior police official said.

The accused, identified as Danny Amani Emsufu, is a resident of Kharghar in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, he said. During his frisking, the police team found him to be carrying 600 grams of cocaine, following which he was taken into custody and was placed under arrest after interrogation, the official said.

The cocaine seized from him is worth around Rs 1.8 crore, he said.

Police suspect that Emsufu was involved in drugs trade and that he is part of an inter-state racket.

An FIR under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and the Foreigners Act has been registered against the Tanzanian national and investigation into the case is on, the official said. PTI DC NP NP