Nigerian Arrested In Mauritius Over ‘Heroin In Cosmetic Containers’

A Nigerian student has been arrested in Mauritius following the seizure of alleged heroin hidden in small pots of a cosmetic brand.

Uchenna Philips Okafor, 23, was nabbed by police on Tuesday in the sea side town of Flic-en-Flac during a sting operation.

Mr Okafor, who lives in Mauritius, has not yet commented on the allegation that he was dealing in drugs.

About 250 grams of heroin worth 3.7 million Mauritian rupees ( $103,000, £82,397) was concealed in 26 small containers of a cosmetic brand, and intercepted at the island’s main airport on Sunday by customs officers and bloodhounds of the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit, police say.

The consignment, allegedly addressed to Mr Okafor, had been sent from Charles de Gaulle airport in France.

Police allege that South African rands, US dollars, Mauritian rupees and Bangladesh takas were seized from Mr Okafor’s home, along with a fake Mauritian identity card.

He is expected to appear in court today, and will answer to a provisional charge of attempting to take a delivery of drugs.

Credit: BBC

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