Five suspects, including a Nigerian identified as Sixtus Nnaemeka Okuma, have been apprehended in Greater Noida, India, for purportedly smuggling drugs and fake SIM cards. The suspects had been arrested by the Gautam Budh Nagar police on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
Police officials had recovered about 700 SIM cards and drugs worth over 20 lakh from the possession of the suspects. Several interrogations, according to police sources have revealed that one of the suspects had additionally couriered Indian SIM cards to China.
The suspects, all Delhi residents, have been identified as Taklah Nanduk from Majnu Ka Tila, Litton Dass from Govindpuri, Balram from Lalkuan village, and Asim Khan, a resident of Kabir Nagar.
“The fifth suspect has been identified as Sixtus Nnaemeka Okuma, a Nigerian national currently residing in Delhi.” Abhishek Verma, the deputy commissioner of police, Greater Noida had remarked.
“His passport and visa documents have expired upon inspection and the Bureau of Immigration has been alerted about the same. He has been staying in India since 2013. He was booked under the Foreigners Act, in addition to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances -NDPS Act,”
Mr. Verma also revealed that the suspects used to sell SIM cards issued on fake IDs to Chinese citizens in Greater Noida for 1,700 to 1,900 lakh. The police had estimated to have recovered 279 active SIM cards and 451 inactive cards from the arrested suspects.
Also recovered were 55 grams of crystal MDMA of American category worth 20 lakh, 40 tablets of Ecstasy MDMA and 90 grams of foreign weed worth 50,000 lakh from the possession of the suspects, police said.