The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) India arrested the Nigerian.
The seizure of the hard drug which is estimated at a value of $2.8 million marks one of the city’s most significant drug confiscations.
The suspect, living in Bengaluru on a business visa for a year, had rented a residence in Ramamurthynagar.
Investigations suggest his involvement in a more extensive drug network spanning neighbouring states in the country.
According to police sources, the illicit substances were cleverly concealed in parcels, camouflaged within chocolate boxes, soap covers, bedsheets, and garments.
The police said it suspected the Nigerian, who was not named, was gathering a massive amount of drugs ahead of New Year parties in the city.
Further intensifying the crackdown, the police have detained the landlord for neglecting to report the tenant.
Bengaluru police had launched a mobile app recently to help PG owners, owners of lodges and landlords to upload details of their tenants and guests voluntarily.
In a related development, the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday said it is investigating an incident at Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, where an officer was observed soliciting ₦5,000 bribe from a passenger.
The Customs spokesperson, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed this in a statement, saying such behavior has rightfully raised public concern.
Maiwada said that the NCS is committed to ensuring full accountability.
He stated that a preliminary investigation revealed that the incident transpired at New Terminal, within the departure hall of MMIA, Lagos, and was captured on video by the involved passenger.
“The recording revealed an inappropriate request for ₦5000 in exchange for expeditious processing of customs procedures,” Maiwada said.
“We wish to confirm that the officer implicated is indeed a member of the Nigeria Customs Service, properly assigned to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Area Command.
“The NCS strongly condemns this unprofessional conduct and is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism.
“A comprehensive investigation is underway to scrutinize the incident thoroughly, and appropriate actions will be taken.”
According to Maiwada, such behavior is entirely inconsistent with the core values of the service of the NCS which is resolute in maintaining a transparent and accountable customs operation.
He added that the NCS encourages passengers and the public to report any instances of misconduct or corruption promptly.
These reports are crucial in upholding the integrity of the services of Customs and ensuring that officers adhere to the highest ethical standards.
The Customs spokesperson stated that the NCS is unwavering in its commitment to fostering a culture of transparency and accountability.
“The outcome of the investigation will be communicated to the public at the earliest opportunity,” Maiwada said.