The Indian Police Service (IPS) has arrested a Nigerian national, Chekwume Malvin, for allegedly peddling drugs in the country, an action said to have contravened India’s Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
As gathered, the Nigerian, who works as an actor in the Indian film industry was arrested by officers attached to the K.G. Halli police division.
It was learnt that the 45-year-old was caught red-handed near the BDA Complex in HRBR Layout. The police listed items recovered from the suspect to include about 15 grams of MDMA, 250 ml of hashish oil, ₹2,500 (N13, 850) in cash and a mobile phone. The total value of the seized items was estimated to be around 8 lakh (N44).
Inquiries revealed that Malvin had come to India on a medical visa but then enrolled in the New York Film Academy in Mumbai to learn acting.
According to the police, he had completed a six-month course in acting from the same academy in Abuja in Nigeria,
After completing the course in Mumbai, Malvin joined the film industry and acted in over 20 Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films.
Some of the more well-known films he had roles in include Vishwaroopam, Singham, Anna Bond, Dilwale and Paramathma.
While under detention, the suspect was said to have allegedly confessed that he wanted to make quick money and used his network to peddle drugs.