A Nigerian man was arrested on Thursday March 24,
following a joint operation between India’s Narcotics
Control Bureau (NCB) and the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of
the Mumbai police which led to the bursting of an
international drug racket that used postal services to
smuggle in contraband.
The arrested Nigerian, Frank William was found in
possesion of 600gm of cocaine imported from Latin
America. The cocaine, worth Rs 4 crore, was concealed in
the axle of a vehicle that was sent via post from Latin
Sources said that the NCB received a tip-off that a parcel
containing drugs was to arrive in India. The NCB tied up
with the postal services and ANC and trailed the
consignment for nearly a week as it passed through two to
When the parcel reached a post office at Khoparkhairane in
Navi Mumbai, the officers laid a trap and arrested Mr
Frank, when he came to collect it.
“We could have stopped the parcel at the Foreign Post
Office as all post parcels are routed through it. We played
along so we could reach the recipient,” said an official,
adding that the demand for cocaine is increasing in the
The officer said international drug peddlers send parcels
through postal services or courier companies and provide
the wrong KYC and address of the recipient.
“They then track the parcel online. When it reaches its
destination city, it lies at the post office as the address is
wrong. The recipient then picks it up from the post office,”
said Sanjay Jha, zonal director of NCB.
Sources said that the NCB had recently written to the postal
authorities and even private courier services asking them
to insist on verifying the KYC of the parcel sender and
“We have apprised the postal department to instal CCTV
cameras and collect carbon copies of the ID proofs and
KYC of the sender and receiver,” said an officer.
The customs department said that it is not possible to scan
all parcels sent to India through courier services.
“The sheer volume makes it difficult. So, we carry out
random checks,” said an official.