Indian police have arrested a Nigerian citizen, resident in India and identified as 23-year-old Odeomenan Kenneth Ozioma over seized consignment of heroin hidden in specially-made cavities inside women’s shoes, which was being smuggled to the US by a courier service.
The Nigerian is being interrogated about details.
Police say drug traffickers are increasingly trafficking drugs abroad concealed in ordinary, everyday objects.
Earlier, police have found drugs hidden in piston shafts and golf kits. Police are in touch with Narcotics Control Bureau to curb this dangerous trend.
“The heroin weighs 330 grams which is worth Rs 70 lakh in the international market. The arrested man has been identified as. He was nabbed by a team led by DCP Bhisham Singh and ACP Zile Singh,” additional commissioner, crime branch, Ravindra Yadav, said.
Police received a tip-off on April 14 about an African drug trafficker coming to Janakpuri Metro station. “A team laid a trap and apprehended him. During investigations, 330 grams of heroin, cleverly concealed in the specially made cavities in the soles of women’s sandals, was recovered from his possession. He disclosed he was heading to Mahipalpur to courier the drugs to the US,” DCP (crime) Bhisham Singh said.
Kenneth has completed high school education in South Africa and had come to India in November 2009. He started a business of exporting readymade garments and women’s shoes to Nigeria. But he was not earning much. When his visa expired, he moved to Mumbai where he met another Nigerian, Ikke, at a party.
Ikke showed him how to peddle heroin and other party drugs. He soon closed his business and devoted himself completely to his new occupation. He sent the money earned to his parents in Nigeria and started living the good life.