The New Indian Express reports that following the arrest of international drug peddler Tony, the police in India are looking to issue a red corner notice against another Nigerian peddler 'Star Boy'.
The police discovered that Tony handed over the drug syndicate to ‘Star Boy’.
According to the Interpol website, a red notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender or similar legal action.
After the arrest of the infamous drug peddler where seven other businessmen were also nabbed, the police found that Tony or Chukwu Ogbonna David had handed over the drug syndicate to Star Boy, while Tony moved to garments business.
A police official said that the cops presume that Tony is not actually linked to the dealings, and believe that a deeper probe would reveal all details.
A police official said the notice is being processed and will be issued soon to the Nigerian-based drug peddler.
Chukwu Ogbonna David, popularly known as Tony, was arrested in Hyderabad, the capital of southern India's Telangana state.
The 37-year-old man who was arrested in January was nabbed with nine consumers of narcotics from different places.
The police also found Tony established a network of agents in different places including Mumbai, Goa and Hyderabad and after accepting online payments, supplied the drug.
“Tony carried out his activity mostly in the South Indian States. We are also probing if the consumers were hosting parties and using the drug,” the police had noted.
Tony was taken into custody from Mumbai and on the input given by him nine consumers, mostly businessmen, were apprehended, with 10g of cocaine seized from them.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand affirmed that Tony was purchasing drugs from another international drug peddler Star Boy, through ships.
The seven others who were arrested were businessmen and realtors. They were identified as Niranjan Kumar Jain, Shashwat Jain, Yagyanand Agarwal, Dhandul Surya Sumanth Reddy, Bandi Bhargav, Venkat Chalsani and Thamminedi Sagar.
“Niranjan and Sagar took the SIM cards of their office boys Srikanth and Subba Rao to speak to Tony. Hence the office boys were also booked. The police were also probing if the seven persons were supplying drugs to others," he said.
According to police, the main supplier Star Boy used only WhatsApp or VOIP networks to contact his agents.
“He does not meet anyone nor does he interact through direct phone calls. We suspect he is operating from some African country and through his network supplies the drug in containers shipped to India.
"The City Police would be writing to the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs seeking help in contacting the Nigerian government to nab Star Boy," Anand had said.
The Siasat Daily reports that Tony migrated to Mumbai from Nigeria in 2013 on a temporary VISA, and was illegally staying in Mumbai since. He entered into drug business in 2017 and developed contacts with consumers in Mumbai, Goa and Hyderabad.
As per the plan, the accused established a network system in India by engaging local agents and giving them good money for the supply of drugs, the police said.
Tony was transporting drugs from Mumbai to Hyderabad with his agents and delivering them to customers and transferring the amount online to his agents’ accounts, the report disclosed.
Tony did not expose himself to agents or customers and was using international phone numbers to communicate through WhatsApp calls and VOIP calls and was delivering drugs to customers through his agents. Tony has 15 to 20 customers in Hyderabad, the Commissioner added.