Nigerian held with mephedrone worth Rs 21 lakh in Mumbai

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Mumbai, Jun 11 (PTI) The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police has arrested a 41-year-old Nigerian national with mephedrone worth Rs 21 lakh at suburban Santacruz here, an official said on Friday.

Officials of the ANC’s Bandra unit apprehended Joseph Oneioka Egvey, a resident of Kalina, Santacruz on Thursday afternoon while patrolling the area, the official said.

Egvey’s movements seemed suspicious, following which the ANC patrolling team intercepted him and carried out a search, he said.

The police found a bag containing 175 gm of mephedrone (MD) drug, valued at Rs 21 lakh, he said.

An interrogation revealed that the accused was involved in drug trafficking in the city and his gang used to smuggle and sell mephedrone, he said.

An FIR under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered against the accused, who has been remanded to police custody till June 15, the official said, adding that the police were probing the source of the drug and its buyer. PTI DC ARU ARU