The Indian authorities have arrested a 41 year old Nigerian national, Sylvester Owen for allegedly attempting to smuggle 1,980kg of ecstasy pills into the country through an international courier.
Penpushing reports that, the suspect was arrested by a joint operation by customs officials and police, having intercepted the illicit drugs which were concealed inside an electric massager that came on a DHL Express cargo flight from Brussels, at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.
The Customs Joint Commissioner, J. D Chetan, said the suspect, was apprehended by the operatives after he showed proof of ownership to the parcel containing the illicit drugs, adding that he was residing in Mumbai until his recent relocation to Bengaluru.
“After removing the contents, we repacked it and made a DHL agent call Owen on Thursday morning to say that the parcel would be delivered shortly. Owen asked the agent to come near a bakery at Hommadevanahalli in Horamavu.”, the commissioner said
“A DHL van, with a driver and two customs officials masquerading as cargo centre employees, headed to the location, with officials following close behind. When one of our staffers handed over the parcel, Owen showed his identity proof with a passport. After confirming his identity, we nabbed him in the middle of the road. He is well-built and resisted, but was overpowered and taken to the customs office.”
Penpushing further reports that, the police and customs officials in the reports also recovered about 200g of cannabis from his house, while findings showed that, suspect had set up a small business in Mumbai, selling African hair, that acted as a front for his illegal activity,as the official emphasized, “we expect crucial information from him to nab bigger fish’.