Three major international drug cartels dismantled in Goa in less than a year
An interstate gang has also been caught; 22 people arrested in 11 months; A hotel owned by a Goan couple was the basis of a cartel; Europe, Afghanistan and Himachal all on Goa’s drug route
PANJIM: With the arrest of 22 people as part of the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (BCN) ongoing operation against the drug cartel in Goa, at least four drug unions have been dismantled over the past 11 last months. Three of the cases involved international drug cartels led by Nigerians, while the interstate drug gang was led by two people from Kerala.
NCB zone manager Sameer Wankhede, in an exclusive interview with the Herald, claimed NCB Goa had booked 11 cases in 11 months, the highest to date. “This is the largest number of cases where a massive amount of different types of drugs has been recovered. Four drug cartels have been dismantled and notorious drug suppliers arrested, ”he said.
The first arrest was that of Nigerian Ugochukwu Solomon Uabuko of Assagao in March. The peddler, previously arrested by Goa police in 2013 on the same charges, is serving a one-year prison sentence under the PIT NDPS (Pre-trial Detention) Act for a repeat offense.
In the same month that the federal drug agency registered four FIRs, another gang led by Nijllraja and NihadParamtadh Chetty was disbanded.
In two other Nigerian-led gangs, one was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the NDPS court for an offense recorded by the Goa police eight years ago. Chide Ositaokonkow a.k.a. Benjamin was among the major suppliers of drugs in Goa. Wankhede said the Nigerian is operating through his associates of Goans, a couple. The entire network was operated from a hotel believed to be owned by the Goan couple in Anjuna. Sixty MDMA / Ecstasy tablets and 350g of charas were found during the raid carried out by the NCB team in June 2021.
Mmdukachirah aka Tiger aka Mustafa, another very popular Nigerian in Pernem Taluka was arrested with a cocktail of drugs. Two of his associates in Himachal Pradesh jointly operated the murderous coffee shack business in Arambol until the NCB broke their gang in mid-2021.
NCB has traced operational footprints in various countries and states including South America, Europe, Afghanistan, Himachal Pradesh, etc. “Drugs from various places are being smuggled into Goa. Cocaine, LSD, MDMA and heroin come from different countries while Malana Cream, Charas, among others, are transported within the country, ”NCB ZD said, adding that the network is huge. because the NCB is on its guard to break the chain.