Nigerian held with cocaine worth Rs 35 lakh

New Delhi: A 37-year-old Nigerian national was arrested here allegedly with 35 grams of cocaine worth around Rs 35 lakh in the international market, police said on Saturday.

Adebola Prosper, hailing from Lagos in Nigeria, was apprehended from Rajouri Garden yesterday, Sanjay Bhatia, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said.

Prosper came to Delhi in October last year on a business visa and started living with a fellow Nigerian Bolaji F Alani, who is allegedly involved in drug trafficking.

He wanted to start shoe business from India but started allegedly supplying drugs with Alani.

"Around two months ago Alani left India and Prosper took over his clientele and started supplying cocaine to them. The recovered cocaine was left by his associate Alani," Bhatia said.

Prosper is the fifth foreign national to be apprehended by the Crime Branch this year.

On January 22, a 32-year-old man from Ghana was arrested from Indira Gandhi International airport here allegedly with 200 grams of cocaine worth around Rs two crore in the international market.

On January eight, a 36-year-old South African national was arrested in south Delhi allegedly with 40 grams of cocaine worth around Rs 40 lakh while on January three, a 28-year-old Nigerian national was arrested from V3S Mall on east Delhi's Vikas Marg.

On New Year eve, another Nigerian national was apprehended with 175 grams of cocaine worth Rs 1.75 crore in the international market.