26 November 2012

Mozambique: Mozambican Arrested With Cocaine in India

Maputo — The Indian police have arrested a 25 year old Mozambican citizen, named as Pedro Jose Salvador, for drug trafficking in Bangalore, according to a report carried by the news agency, the Press Trust of India (PTI).

Salvador was arrested on 19 November, when the police found him in possession of 100 grams of cocaine. They also seized two mobile phones from him.

A police spokesperson said Salvador sold drugs “to his known customers”.

The cocaine was supplied to him by somebody from Mumbai, so far unnamed.

A police statement said that Salvador come to India in 2008, “under the pretext of doing textile business in Delhi, Mumbai and other places.

However, when he suffered heavy loss in the business, he resorted to drug peddling”.

Salvador is the second Mozambican citizen arrested in Asia for drug smuggling within the space of just over a month. On 14 October, a Mozambican woman named Monica Novela was arrested at Phuket International Airport in Thailand, in possession of six kilos of methamphetamine (better known as “crystal meth”).

The Mozambican authorities have requested the Thai authorities to show clemency, and spare Novela the death penalty, which is frequently applied to drug traffickers in south-east Asia.

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