Nwafor Chima, a Nigerian, who was allegedly found in possession of 263gm of methaqualone powder also called ‘MD rock’, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, fought some police officers in a bid to resist arrest.
According to a report by The Times of India, the stocky Nigerian pushed away three cops while attempting to flee, and eight more policemen were called in before he was eventually subdued.
Indian police claims to have arrested as many as 16 Nigerians, across various cities, for various criminal offences between July 2015 and now.
Some Nigerians have also been arrested for drug running in Delhi, capital of India.
Last week, a Nigerian was among the three suspects arrested by the Delhi police over drugs.
The accused were identified as Uchenna (28), from Nigeria, Indian Ajay (33) and his associate Naresh Kumar (39), from Mohan Garden in west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar.
The Hindu newspaper said as much as 170 grams of cocaine and 590 grams of fine-quality heroin estimated to be worth a consolidated amount of ₹2 crore, about $320,000 in the underground drug market, were seized from the trio.
On Tuesday, India’s Kullu police brought a Nigerian drug kingpin identified as Okechukwu Mathew to Manali after arresting him in Delhi.
The police team according to The Times of India also seized 1.55kg heroin, worth Rs 4 crore in international market, from his rented house in New Delhi.
The arrest was made following a tip off from a drug peddler nabbed from Manikaran area on February 11.
In early 2014, a Nigerian identified as Okechukwu Matthew was jailed after he was charged to court for being in possession of 20g cocaine.
He was released in 2015. According to reports, the accused supplied small quantities of drugs, mostly in tourist places, with help of peddlers on commission basis.
On February 6, India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) recovered 1.3 kilograms of fine quality Colombian cocaine stashed in 90 capsules from the stomach of a Nigerian , who had come to Delhi from Lome, Togo.
According to The Times of India, the suspect was taken to hospital where an X-ray confirmed the presence of foreign bodies in his stomach.
He was kept in the hospital for two days during which he expelled 90 capsules containing 1.3kg cocaine.
The Nigerian was identified as Monday Tony Okonkwo. He arrived IGI airport in an Ethiopian Airlines plane on February 6.
In January, a Nigerian drug convict, John Okoro, who fled from police custody was re-arrested.
Okoro, 35, was nabbed by the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police.
The newspaper said sources disclosed that Okoro was arrested from the Navi Mumbai area, where he was planning to flee to another region by a private bus.
The court convicted him for a three-year jail term, and he was sent to prison after conviction.
Okoro was billed for deportation, but he jumped out of his detention centre.