Three drug peddlers, Ugochukwu Chima Goodluck and Okoro Uchenna Samuel from Nigeria and Zadi Pascal of Ivory Coast have been arrested for drugs.
They were arrested after 254 grams of cocaine worth Rs 15 lakh was seized after a raid at their house at Khadarbagh near Golconda on Sunday.
“We also seized Rs 3.2 lakh, which they collected from clients by selling the drug, three motorcycles and four cell phones,” said deputy commissioner, excise, C Vivekananda Reddy.
Pascal confessed that he was working for two groups of cocaine peddlers operating from Mumbai and Bengaluru.
“Goodluck works for Bengaluru-based cocaine supplier Ebuka, while Samuel was working for Mumbai-based supplier Dandy, who operates on instructions of Nigeria-based peddler Lucky,” excise department assistant superintendent N Anji Reddy said.
Good Luck came from Bengaluru a few days ago and handed over cocaine to Pascal. After the sale, he was supposed to collect cash from Pascal and hand it over to Ebuka. Samuel came from Mumbai to keep a watch on Pascal’s operations on behalf of Dandy and Lucky.
None of the arrested peddlers have valid visa and are staying illegally in India for past two-and-half-years, the excise officials said.
The deputy commissioner said they have identified some customers and legal action would be initiated against them.