Indian Police have reportedly arrested one of the most wanted Nigerian drug traffickers and nine accomplices.
Tony was was arrested and detained in Mumbai, and based on his information, the Indian Police were able to arrest nine of his customers, who are mostly business men.
According to the reports, 10 grams of cocaine was recovered from the nine of them.
The Nigerian, Chukwu Ogbonna David, also known as Tony, according to various sources, is a top drug baron who has been on Indian police’s wanted list for some time now.
He was allegedly arrested in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana state in southern India.
The 37-year-old man was apprehended on Thursday together with nine others in Hyderabad.
The nine of them according to the reports came from various locations.
Tony also has a network of agents in various locations, including Mumbai, Goa, and Hyderabad, who delivered the drugs for him after collecting online payments.
“Tony operates mostly in South Indian states. “We’re also looking into whether the customers were throwing parties while consuming the drugs,” the police said.
Tony was buying the drugs through ships from another international drug baron simply identified as Star Boy, who’s also an African, according to Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand.
Niranjan Kumar Jain, Shashwat Jain, Yagyanand Agarwal, Dhandul Surya Sumanth Reddy, Bandi Bhargav, Venkat Chalsani, and Thamminedi Sagar were the other seven businessmen detained by the police.
“Niranjan and Sagar 2 of the arrested businessmen usually call Tony through SIM cards belonging to 2 boys who work for them. The 2 boys were identified as Srikanth and Subba Rao. The 2 boys have also been held for questioning.
He added that the authorities are still looking into whether the seven people were selling drugs to others.
According to Indian police, Star Boy, the major supplier, only communicated with his agents over WhatsApp or the VOIP network.
“He doesn’t meet anyone, and he doesn’t communicate with them over the phone.” We believe he is based in Africa and ships the drugs to India through his network.
“The City Police Department will be writing to the Ministries of External Affairs and Home Affairs for assistance in contacting the Nigerian authorities to apprehend Star Boy,” Anand stated.
According to the Siasat Daily, Tony, who arrived in Mumbai from Nigeria in 2013 on a temporary VISA and has been unlawfully residing in Mumbai since then, decided to start a drug company in 2017 and has established links with customers in Mumbai, Goa, and Hyderabad.
The accused developed a network structure in India by enlisting local agents and paying them well in exchange for drug supply, according to the police.
According to the report, Tony was carrying drugs from Mumbai to Hyderabad with his agents, delivering them to consumers, and transferring the money to his agents’ accounts via the internet.
Tony did not reveal his identity to agents or consumers, and he only communicates with them via WhatsApp and VOIP network.
He also delivers drugs to his customers through his agents.
According to the Indian Police Commissioner, Tony has 15 to 20 customers in Hyderabad.