A Nigerian man was arrested on Thursday March 24, following a joint operation between India's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai police which led to the bursting of an international drug racket that used postal services to smuggle in contraband.
The arrested Nigerian, Frank William was found in possesion of 600gm of cocaine
imported from Latin America. The cocaine, worth Rs 4 crore, was
concealed in the axle of a vehicle that was sent via post from Latin
Sources said that the NCB received a tip-off that a
parcel containing drugs was to arrive in India. The NCB tied up with the
postal services and ANC and trailed the consignment for nearly a week
as it passed through two to three countries.
When the parcel reached a
post office at Khoparkhairane in Navi Mumbai, the officers laid a trap
and arrested Mr Frank, when he came to collect
"We could have stopped the parcel at the Foreign Post
Office as all post parcels are routed through it. We played along so we
could reach the recipient," said an official, adding that the demand for
cocaine is increasing in the city.
The officer said
international drug peddlers send parcels through postal services or
courier companies and provide the wrong KYC and address of the
"They then track the parcel online. When it reaches its
destination city, it lies at the post office as the address is wrong.
The recipient then picks it up from the post office," said Sanjay Jha,
zonal director of NCB.
Sources said that the NCB had recently
written to the postal authorities and even private courier services
asking them to insist on verifying the KYC of the parcel sender and
"We have apprised the postal department to instal CCTV cameras
and collect carbon copies of the ID proofs and KYC of the sender and
receiver," said an officer.
The customs department said that it
is not possible to scan all parcels sent to India through courier
"The sheer volume makes it difficult. So, we carry out random
checks," said an official.
Source: Times of India