The contraband seized is worth about 1.10 crore; The Narcotics Control Bureau said the arrested individual was the backbone of a drug union
The Narcotics Control Bureau (BNC) seized 2.235 kg of amphetamine on Sunday from a Nigerian national in Coimbatore. The contraband seized is worth approximately 1.10 crore.
The arrested foreigner, Egwin Kingsley (42), had been the backbone of a union involved in drug trafficking for three years. NCB has been following him for a long time, according to a statement released by the agency. Detectives attached to NCB’s Madurai subzonal unit apprehended Kingsley as he arrived at Coimbatore station on a special train to Kerala from New Delhi at around 12:45 p.m. Sunday.
The team, who were waiting for the stranger based on specific intelligence received by the Chennai Zonal Unit of the NCB, caught Kingsley who was found carrying packages of a crystalline substance in his shoulder bag. He was transferred to the Railway Protection Force station on the first platform and questioned. The contraband was found in eight small packages wrapped in carbon paper. NCB suspects that the foreigner could have obtained the amphetamine in Delhi.
The NCB said the involvement of African nationals, especially Nigerians, was increasing in the trafficking of narcotics and synthetic drugs. Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur have been hubs for African nationals. Tiruppur being a textile hub, is frequented by African nationals, who, under the guise of textile companies, have also been involved in drug trafficking, NCB said in the statement.
According to the NCB, amphetamine is made from ephedrine / pseudoephedrine, a substance controlled under the Narcotic Control and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. It can be made in illegal laboratories in small premises. The drug affects the central nervous system and is increasingly used as a rave party drug, he said.