GURUGRAM: An inter-state racket of drug smugglers supplying to different pubs and bars mostly on Gurugram‘s Mall Mile and other parts of the state has been busted by the special task force (STF) of , with the arrest of two Nigerian nationals. Police said the two – UC Okolie (40) and Yoco Kouadio (32) – were nabbed at Iffco Chowk on Friday and heroin worth Rs 7 crore was recovered from their possession.

Delhi-based Okolie headed the 11-member gang that used to target youths and students, apart from supplying drugs to clubs, bars and pubs in the NCR, cops said.

Okolie told police he had come to India in 2016 to do business in clothes. “Okolie initially carried out his business from Tamil Nadu‘s Tirrupur. It was there that he met some small-time Nigerian drug peddlers who inspired him to join the ‘lucrative business‘,” said DIG (STF) Satheesh Balan. He relocated to Delhi where he met Yoco, another drug peddler who had already been operating out of Dwarka. And together they went on to form one of the biggest drug peddling rackets in the NCR, police said.

Their arrests came after the STF ed Okolie through one of its Rohtak-based informers who used to buy drugs from them, following a tip-off.

Both Okolie and Yoco have been booked under the Foreigners Act as well as the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at Sector 18 police station.

“The STF is trying to nab other members of the gang,” the DIG said. Balan said the team is investigating the source of drugs in the region as well as its supply routes.
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