A 26-year-old Nigerian man identified as Bethel Kelechi Aroh has been arrested by India police for being in possession of seven kilograms of heroin.

The police disclosed that Kelechi who resides in Delhi, was supposed to deliver the banned substance to one of the city’s pubs when he was arrested on Thursday, January 7.

He was said to have been arrested outside Ambience Mall near Sirhaul toll plaza.

The assistant commissioner of police (crime), Preet Pal Sangwan confirmed the arrest.

He alleged that Kelechi used to buy drugs from peddlers in Delhi and supplied them to pubs and bars in Gurugram.

“He used to live in Delhi, but we are yet to verify the details. We have recovered a photocopy of his passport and have sent the details to Nigerian high commission through the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO). But we are yet to receive their reply,” he said.

Sangwan said Kelechi bought heroin for 20,000 and wanted to sell it for ?35,000. However, the police received a tip-off, and he was arrested before he could deliver the drug.

He said Kelechi came to India on a six-month tourist visa in 2020 and overstayed illegally with help from a friend who is also a drug peddler.