Drug peddlers are an ingenious lot and once again they managed to outsmart the police. In the case of all the recent arrests, peddlers were unable to give any information about their kingpin, thanks to the new ways of drug peddling and strategies being adopted. Peddling cocaine in books, photo frames and match boxes etc is now outdated. Of late drugs are either being couriered or delivered to a client at a specified spot.
Drug peddlers seems to have taken a cue from the recent arrest by the City police. Anthony alias John, a native of Mangalore and his partner Dheeraj Nayak who have been smuggling drugs by courier for a Frank of Netherlands were arrested on October 25. The duo used to smuggle drugs and peddle them in other metro cities across the country.
According to City police, there are nearly 6,000 Nigerians residing in the Twin Cities and of them about 10 per cent of are overstaying. Nigerians who were earlier employed to deliver the drugs are now rendered jobless following a series of arrests and the sharp vigilance kept up by the city police on drug peddling.
Taking this as an advantage hardcore drug smugglers located in Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and other metropolitan cities are hiring these criminals.
Once a criminal is hired, he’s asked to come to that particular city and is provided with tickets. Once they reach the City, the kingpin meets him near the railway station or in a hotel and gives him a parcel that is to be delivered to a client in Hyderabad. After collecting the drugs he returns to the City. A couple of days later, the kingpin contacts him on his mobile and gives him the address where he has to deliver the goods.
The kingpin gives three places and three different timings to the drug peddlers and the client as well, mainly to avoid suspicion. If the said place is too crowded they move on to the next spot. No words are exchanged during the transaction. The kingpin then transfers a certain amount into the bank account of the drug peddler and destroys the SIM card through which he contacted him. The other modus operandi is where the kingpin asks the drug peddler to drop the drug parcel into the letter box of the client.
Even if the police manage to catch the drug peddler he wouldn’t be able to provide any information about his employer or the client, not even their first names. Moreover, as there are several Nigerians who are willing to take up such jobs the kingpins does not have to hire a single person twice, thereby making the job of policemen even more difficult.
However, the police are having the last laugh as they claim that there are just two more hardcore drug dealers left.