Sylvester Henry Owen, an alleged Nigerian drug kinpin has been arrested in reference to the haul of ecstasy tablets value Rs 1 crore ($136.000)at Bengaluru airport, India.
Sylvester Henry Owen, 41, was arrested at his rental residence close to Hommadevanahalli, close to Bannerghatta Street, on Thursday, September 10 and produced earlier than a Justice of the Peace on Friday night, and remanded in judicial custody.
The arrest was made in a joint operation by Customs officers at Kempegowda Worldwide Airport and native police. The operation was headed by Customs Joint Commissioner J D Chetan.
Sleuths say he was staying in Bengaluru on the pretext of importing and exporting hair for wig making.
It was gathered that on Tuesday, Customs’ Cargo Intelligence Unit (CIU) sleuths had unearthed about 1,980 ecstasy tablets hidden inside a German-made foot massaging machine on the air cargo advanced at KIA. The machine had arrived from Belgium by DHL couriers.
Rising suspicious after scanning the bundle, sleuths had opened it to search out three packets containing the tablets also called MDMA or Molly, neatly hidden inside brown duct tape packing within the machine.
“After eradicating the contents, we repacked it and made a DHL agent name Owen on Thursday morning to say that the parcel can be delivered shortly. Owen requested the agent to return close to a baker at Hommadevanahalli in Horamavu,” an investigating official mentioned.
A DHL van with a driver and two Customs officers masquerading as cargo centre workers, headed to the situation, with officers following shut behind them.
Monitoring the consignee particulars with assist from DHL supply employees and Hulimavu police, a workforce of customs officers knocked on the doorways of the receiver in Hommadevanahalli on Thursday morning.
“A person got here to the courier van and tried to take supply of the parcel by producing his identification card. Our workforce instantly pinned him down and raided his rented residence the place we discovered one other 200g of ganja,” an investigating officer mentioned.
He was recognized as Sylvester Henry Owen, a Nigerian passport holder. Customs says Owen had the tablets despatched by his affiliate in Brussels and it was hid within the massager and despatched to KIA. Sleuths say Owen had deliberate to acquire the psychotropic substance on the market in Bengaluru.
“When one among our stafffers handed over the parcel, Owen confirmed his id proof with a passport. After confirming his id, we nabbed him in the midst of the street. He’s well-built and resisted, however was overpowered and brought to the Customs workplace,”
Owen was produced earlier than a Justice of the Peace on Friday night, and remanded in judicial custody, sources added.
An investigation is underway to search out out if Owen had smuggled medication on earlier events and on his native hyperlinks in substance peddling.
“We count on essential info from him to nab greater fish,” the official added.
Alleged Nigerian drug kingpin arrested in India with $136,000 value of ecstasy tablets hid in foot massaging machine