The Hindu gathered that two Punjab residents who were receiving the consignment of 25 gms of heroin from Okafor near Mata Roop Rani Maggo Devi Hospital in Uttam Nagar, Delhi on July 24, were also nabbed.
According to the Zonal Director, NCB Delhi Zone, Rohit Sharma, who confirmed the arrest, the Nigerian had been staying in Delhi on a business visa which got expired in May 2016.
“The claims of Okafor that he had got his visa renewed are being verified by the NCB.
“The agency received a specific tip off in this regard and was on the lookout for Okafor for the past two months.
“His rented accommodation in Vipin Garden area of Uttam Nagar, Delhi was searched and another 180 gms of heroin and 620 gms of amphetamine was recovered,” Sharma was quoted to have said.
The Director added that the NCB is now inquiring into the sources from where Okafor was procuring drugs in Delhi.
He said, “Top officials in the NCB have revealed that a new trend of indigenous heroin is being manufactured in illicit labs in UP and opium is being sourced from West Bengal’s Malda.
“This is in addition to the traditional South West Asian heroin of Afghanistan origin which has been finding its way to Delhi through Pakistan via the Border States.
“There have been recent reports that indigenous heroin manufactured in parts of UP was being smuggled into Delhi and from there it was reaching Punjab with the aid of some African natives.”
Okafor, in his confession revealed that he had been dealing in drugs for the last four years, ever since he had come to India, adding that he was dealing in all kinds of drugs, including heroin, amphetamine and other synthetic drugs.