05.10.2022 Journalism Nigerian With Expired Visa Arrested for Drug Peddling in India

Published 5th Oct, 2022

By Segun Ige

A Nigerian identified as Fernando Benz has been arrested by the police for allegedly peddling 160 grammes of heroin in Gurugram, India, on October 3.

According to Tribune India, Benz, 29, was arrested by an Indian police crime unit while on his way to hand over the contraband to a person at a liquor shop near Kherki Daula toll plaza. 

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Preet Pal Sangwan, an assistant commissioner of police in crime-related matters, said a crime branch team received intelligence report from a credible source which eventually led to the Nigerian’s arrest.

“Benz was allegedly involved in smuggling drugs in Gurugram from Delhi. He was staying in Dwarka,” ACP Sangwan said.

Police said Benz arrived in India from Nigeria on a medical visa in August, 2021, but chose to remain in the country after his visa expired.

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“He was staying in Delhi illegally even after the expiry of the visa period. He has been selling heroin in Delhi and Gurugram for the last six months,” Sangwan said.

“He had finalised a deal to buy heroin from a man. When he reached the toll plaza by cab, the crime unit team nabbed him and recovered 160 gm of heroin from his possession.” 

A First Information Report (FIR) under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and the Foreigners Act was filed against Benz at Kherki Daula police station on Monday night. 

Published 5th Oct, 2022

By Segun Ige


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