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In biggest catch, cocaine worth Rs 3.5 cr seized

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New Delhi: In the biggest recovery of cocaine here, 310 gm of the contraband with street value of Rs 3.5 crore was seized from a Nigerian national by Narcotics Cell of Crime Branch, police said today.

Acting on a tip off about supply of cocaine in Delhi and nearby areas by Okpala James, 28, a team of Narcotics Cell nabbed him near a bus stand close to New Delhi railway station on July 10, said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner (Crime) of Police.

The accused was carrying 310 gram of fine quality cocaine estimated to be worth Rs 3.5 crore, he alleged. “It is the biggest catch of the drug by Crime Branch’s Narcotics Cell,” Yadav said.

James had first come to India in April 2015 on a medical visa and during that visit he met a fellow Nigerian, Chi Chi B, who lured him into joining the smuggling racket. James came back to India in June 2015 and joined the drug trafficking gang, the Joint CP said.

Besides Chi Chi B, the accused was also in contact of another Nigerian national, who is a big player in the illegal cocaine trade and is said to have supplied the contraband to James, Yadav said.

Police have also recovered several mobile phones from James.

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