4 Nigerian drug traffickers remanded in Indian prison

Four Nigerian drug trafficking suspects, Ugochukwu Solomon Ubabuko, Obiora Chukwuemeka Peter, Ezeh Christian Chukwu and Uzor Promise Chukuwudi, have been remanded in the Chanchalguda Central Prison, Hyderabad, India, after they were arrested by the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) department on August 16, 2016, in a joint sting operation.

The four accused were reported to have allegedly purchased Cocaine worth for Rs.2,800 (about N131,781), per gram, through their dealers from the Goa State and delivered the same for Rs.5000 and Rs.6000 (N235,000 and N282,000), to end users in Hyderabad to gain easy profit, authorities said.

According to the statement released by the police, the four were nabbed after the Narcotic officials staged a sting operation and busted their hideouts.

"Their illegal and highly dangerous activities of peddling of Narcotic Drug, i.e Cocaine, among the innocent people of Hyderabad City, have been endangering the lives of youth and innocent people, causing irreparable damage to the body parts including central Nervous System.

Their actions thereby crippled the mental and physical health of the people who are addicted to drugs, thereby adversely affecting the public order and public health at large and leaving large sections of people under the grip of shock and fear.

To control the activities of drug offenders in Hyderabad City, to promote safety and security in the City, a special drive is continuing to control activities of criminals who are indulging in unlawful acts such as the supply of Narcotic Drug."

"The drug offenders who are citizens of Nigeria, have been detained in the Central Prison pending sentencing."

The punishment for drug trafficking in India carries between 10 to 20 years imprisonment on conviction.
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