International drug dealer arrested at Kochi airport

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Thursday arrested Solonorice Jimmy Vicenp, an Ecuador national considered to be an important link in the international drug mafia that operates in India,at the Nedumbassery International Airport in Kochi.

A huge quantity of cocaine was found in his possession. The consignment was concealed in condoms in his bags during a security check by officials of a private airline. Vicenp’s accomplice, a Nigerian national named Ossy, managed to give the police the slip.

Ossy, who had already acquired his boarding pass at the time of Vicenp’s arrest, slipped out of the airport after convincing the security personnel that he needed to withdraw money from an ATM.

According to the Kochi police, Vicenp is a leader of a gang which smuggles drugs through India. Several Nigerian nationals had been caught recently for smuggling drugs through India. It is found that they source hashish from India and sell it in foreign countries.

Police said Ossy is a regular visitor to India and holds privilege cards of several airline. The police have intensified the search to nab him. Meanwhile, the CISF personnel whom Ossy foxed to sneak out of the airport has been suspended.

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