The Hyderabad police today claimed to have busted two drug rackets by nabbing nine persons including two foreigners and seized high-end narcotics like LSD and MDMA besides cocaine from their possession.
In the first case, six persons including two foreign nationals -- a Nigerian and a South African -- were apprehended from Banjara Hills, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Task Force) B Limba Reddy said.
He added, police found that they allegedly indulged in procuring, peddling and supplying the narcotic substances to the customers, Reddy said.
Those nabbed include a Nigerian identified as Chika Ohycowusi, who is running cloth business in Goa, South African national Lucky Bongani, a student, who resides in Manikonda here, besides N Raghu, Abhinav Mahender, V Mallikarjun Rao (all residing in different parts of Hyderabad) and Christopher H H Giddens, who is into real estate in Bengaluru, he said.
"They also visited different pubs, hotels in Goa, Mumbai and Hyderabad where they befriended drug consumers and sold cocaine to them at higher price," the DCP said.
In another case, three persons identified as P Revanth, Irfan Najeeb Khan and Zain Khan were nabbed from Masab Tank here on the charge of selling and possession of narcotics.
The task force has handed over the accused and the seized material to local police station for further formalities, said the official.
In both the cases, police seized 300 grams cocaine, 42 grams of MDMA, 27 LSD blots, one car and one airgun, said the DCP.
Some among those nabbed were previously arrested for drug peddling and most of them are also addicted to narcotics, the senior police official said.
Further investigations are being conducted to unearth their network with other local and foreign drug dealers.
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