32-Year-Old Nigerian Citizen Uchetra Stephen Arrested In India After Trying To Do Hard Drug Business With Traffickers That Slapped Police
MUMBAI: A biker who had slapped a Vasai traffic cop after breaking signal last month was on Sunday caught selling drugs to a Nigerian national.
Sohail Memon (36), a resident of Bangli Road, Vasai (west) had on August 7 assaulted traffic constable Kalu Mundenear the signal at Parvati cinema. While a non-cognisable offence was initially registered by the Manickpur police, it was converted into an FIR under IPC section 353 after a video of the incident had gone viral. He was arrested and later released on bail.
On Sunday acting on a tip-off, the Vasai unit of the Palghar Local Crime Branch(LCB) arrested Sohail, his accomplice Sarfaraz Memon (30) and a Nigerian national Uchetra Stephen (32) at around 8.45 pm.
Sohail and Sarfaraz had come in an Audi car and were caught outside the Vasai railway station with 21 kg of the banned ‘Ephedrine’ drug valued at Rs 27 lakhs. The police arrested Stephen who had purchased the drugs from Sohail and Sarfaraz.
Sohail, a real estate agent and Sarfaraz, who runs a garage in Vasai told the police that they had sold drugs even in the past. Police said that they are investigating where they procured the drugs from.
Stephen, who has been staying illegally in the country has confessed to having purchased drugs on several occasions. Stephen currently stays in Vashi, Navi Mumbai.Police said that Stephen has not given details about whom he sold the drugs to. Police suspect it to be a drug racket.
All the accused have been remanded to police custody till October 7. They have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Police seized the drugs and Audi.
Last month Memon was riding the scooter. His wife was seated pillion and minor son was on the front seat.
When Munde asked Memon to move alongside the road and pay the fine, he slapped Munde on his left cheek in full public view. Memon was then taken to the police station but let off.