Karnataka police arrest Nigerian peddler for preparing drugs in kitchen

Bangalore, January 11 (IANS): The anti-narcotics wing of the Karnataka Central Crime Branch arrested a Nigerian national who was preparing synthetic drugs in a pressure cooker in his kitchen and selling them in national and international markets.

Cocaine, MDMA and chemicals worth Rs 50 lakh were seized in his possession by the police team, who will receive Rs 70,000 for the capture, said the police commissioner of Bengaluru, Kamal Pant.

The arrested person has been identified as Richards. Police have launched a search for another accused foreign national. The defendants ran their rackets from the confines of the Soladevanahalli police station on the outskirts of Bangalore.

They procured raw materials for the preparation of medicines in Mumbai, Delhi and also abroad. They prepared MDMA crystals on a pressure cooker in their kitchen.

Once ready, they sent the drugs to clients at reputable colleges through hawkers in addition to smuggling them to foreign countries. Another investigation is underway to find out how they managed to obtain the drugs, mainly cocaine, from abroad.

The accused came to Bengaluru in 2019 on a business visa. The police recovered 900 g of cocaine, 50 g of MDMA crystals, 580 g of sodium hydroxide crystals worth Rs 50 lakh in the possession of Richards.

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