Foreign nationals held for cocaine trafficking

Hyderabad: Four foreign nationals including a girl student were arrested for possessing cocaine and indulging in credit card fraud, police said here on Thursday.

The Osmania University police arrested Patrick Emario (29) of Uganda and his friend Rosita Mirian Thangavalu (22), a Suth African girl student pursuing her LLB course at Osmania University here, while trying to sell the narcotic drug near Tarnaka locality on Wednesday, East Zone Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) M Venkateshwar Rao said.

The accused, Patrick, who came to India in 2005 on an education visa, later began supplying cocaine to customers. He was first arrested in 2007, 2010 and 2011 in similar cases. He sourced contraband from one Stephen Kiya Tira Illula alias Muereia staying in Bangalore, the DCP said.

As police surveillance on him increased, he convinced his friend Rosita, to assist him, offering her a commission.

Rosita who is on a meagre scholarship is habituated to smoking, consuming liquor and leading a luxurious lifestyle. She was lured by the commission promised by Patrick and began assisting him in selling cocaine, the DCP said.

A special police team has been deputed to Bangalore to nab the main accused supplying cocaine to Patrick. The police seized 9 gms of cocaine, two fake Citibank credit cards, a fake driving license and a copy of a fake passport developed by Rosita.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, Samuel Kings Hedion (40) and his fiancee Liatu Baraya Yelmi, both Nigerians, were arrested for alleged credit card fraud as well as cheating many jewellers and businessmen at Madhapur, Punjagutta and Jublilee Hills localities here, by purchasing jewellery and other expensive items using fake credit cards, the DCP said.

The duo allegedly cheated businessmen here to the tune of of Rs 5.5 lakh last month and led a luxurious life after selling purchased articles, he said.