Bengaluru: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials on Sunday raided a house at Hennur and arrested a 27-year-old Nigerian national Peter Obidi. During the raid they recovered the banned drug MDMA worth Rs 4.5 lakh in his possession.

According to police, Obidi had come to India on a work visa and stayed in a rented house in Arkavati Layout, Hennur. Obidi also regularly sold drugs to students and working professionals, they added.

"When we raided his house, we found MDMA, the seized item weighs 55 grams and is worth Rs 4.5 lakh. A case under NDPS was registered and he has been sent to judicial custody," said a senior CCB official.

This is not the first time an African national was arrested for illegal activity in Bengaluru. On February 6, the CCB arrested 32-year-old Christian Nwabunwanne Offor Okoye and seized 75 grams of MDMA worth Rs 5 lakh and he too had overstayed his visa.

The police say that few African nationals residing in India have formed a drug mafia, and usually smuggle drugs from places like Mumbai, Goa and Delhi to Bengaluru as there is high demand from students and working professionals.

"We have intensified our network in colleges and IT companies and other surroundings. Police personnel have also been trained in cybercrime investigation to track consignment drop-offs and payment collections in strategic locations such as KR Puram Railway Station, Banaswadi, Indiranagar and other locations close to Bengaluru East," said a senior police officer.

The operation was led by assistant commissioner (ACP) Shoba S under the supervision of joint commissioner of crime Alok Kumar and DCP S Girish.