Sources claimed that the duo were overstaying in the country on valid visa permits but were acting as couriers for high-end interstate drug cartels operating in the state. The duo is expected to be produced at Sanjayanagar police station on late Saturday night and officially booked under relevant sections of NDPS Act.
According to the sleuths, the arrested Nigerian nationals were identified as Mike and Bright, and were trying to push cocaine to their customers in the city and were active near Siddapura and Sanjaynagar areas. According to initial information, Bright had arrived in the city on a student visa while Mike was staying in the city on a business visa permit. Sources also added that they were selling one gram of cocaine at around Rs 6,000 to their customers.
“As of now we will be taking them to Sanjayanagar police station and will book them. Further details will emerge only in the coming days,” said a source.
The duo was reportedly couriers in charge of dividing the 300 gram stash into one gram pouches and handing it over to their suppliers in the city. The officials had claimed that cocaine and other high-end party drugs were trafficked into the city by gangs from Mumbai and Goa. They also added that they were focussing on Nigerian nationals since they were found to be the main couriers of cocaine into the city. At least 34 people have been arrested in 12 cases under NDPS Act in 2016 whereas 29 were arrested in 16 NDPS cases registered in 2015.