Woman drug peddler convicted for hauling opiumIMPHAL | Jan 11
A 38 years old woman drug peddler was convicted by the special judge, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, Imphal for peddling two kilograms of opium in 2012 at Langol Housing Complex area.
The conviction order was announced today in the open court in presence of the convict identified as Nengboi Mate wife of Khailet Mate of Urangpat village, Yaingangpokpi presently residing at Langol Housing Complex Type 3.
Nengboi who was on bail appeared before the court today and after the court convicted her, police took her directly to Central Jail, Old Lambulane.
She was arrested on December 9, 2012 while she was hauling the opium near the jeep parking of Langol Housing Complex. Following her arrest, an FIR was lodged against her at Lamphel police station.
Following the submission of the charge sheet by the investigation officer, the court framed charge against the convict under section 18(b) of NDPS Act and trail of the case was started.
During the trial, the prosecution had examined seven witnesses and exhibited a number of documents. Initially after examination of three prosecution witnesses, the evidence of the prosecution was closed and on October 28, 2016 the convict was examined under S. 313 Cr.P.C.
Subsequently, the prosecution filed applications under S. 311 Cr.P.C. which were allotted and consequently three more prosecution witnesses were examined.
According to the forensic report received from FSL, Pangei, it confirmed that the drug seized from Nengboi was opium.
The court order mentioned that, charge was inaccurately framed against the convict as the seized quantity of opium is 2 kilogram whereas 2.5 kilogram constitutes commercial quantity and the correct penal provision of law involved should be S. 18(c) NDPS Act.
She was convicted for offence punishable under S. 18(c) NDPS Act, after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
The court has fixed January 16 for announcing the quantum of punishment to be awarded to the convict. It is the first conviction of this court for the year 2019.
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