Mumbai Police Bust International Drug Syndicate, Arrest African National

NCB busts major international drug syndicate in Mumbai, seizing 2,170 kg of MDMA worth Rs 40 crore. Detention of African national highlights transnational organized crime threat and need for enhanced border security.

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Mumbai Police Bust International Drug Syndicate, Arrest African National

Mumbai Police Bust International Drug Syndicate, Arrest African National

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Mumbai has detained an African national, identified as B.O. Afo, in connection with a major international drug syndicate bust.

The operation, which commenced in October 2023, resulted in the seizure of 2,170 kilograms of MDMA (ecstasy) worth approximately Rs 40 crore.

The investigation was initiated after NCB officials intercepted a suspicious parcel from the Netherlands at the Foreign Post Office in Mumbai on October 19, 2023. Upon inspection, the parcel was found to contain 4,970 MDMA tablets concealed among innocuous objects like toys and crayons. The seized drugs had an estimated street value of Rs 2 crore.

Following extensive technical and financial examinations, the NCB exposed a sophisticated global drug trafficking network operating in India. The trail led to the identification and detention of B.O. Afo, who had been residing in Navi Mumbai. Investigations revealed that Afo had overstayed his visa, which expired in 2018, highlighting the syndicate's exploitation of legal loopholes.

Why this matters: The bust of this international drug syndicate underscores the growing threat of transnational organized crime in India. It also highlights the need for enhanced border security measures and international cooperation to combat the illicit drug trade.

NCB officials have collected details of multiple international and domestic bank accounts linked to Afo, indicating the scale and complexity of the syndicate's financial operations. The seized drugs were intended for distribution across major Indian cities, including Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Goa, and Hyderabad.

In a statement, an NCB spokesperson said, "This operation has dealt a significant blow to an international drug trafficking network. We will continue our efforts to identify and apprehend other key members of this syndicate." The ongoing investigation aims to unravel the full extent of the syndicate's operations and bring all those involved to justice.

Key Takeaways

  • NCB busts a major international drug syndicate, seizes 2,170 kg MDMA worth Rs 40 crore.
  • The investigation started after intercepting suspicious parcel from Netherlands with 4,970 MDMA tablets.
  • Detained African national B.O. Afo, who had overstayed his visa, as part of the syndicate.
  • The syndicate operated across major Indian cities, exploiting legal loopholes for drug trafficking.
  • The ongoing probe aims to unravel full extent of syndicate's operations and bring all involved to justice.