In a first, court awards drug peddler with longest sentence of 15 years
Court recommends awards for investigating officers, Th. Brinda, Asem Satyabai
IMPHAL | Feb 8
Special judge, ND&PS (Fast Track Court), Tonen Meitei, today awarded a drug peddler to 15 years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 2,50,000, who was arrested with huge quantities of contraband SP capsules and N-10 tablets.
The convict has been identified as Md. Sagir Ahamed alias Abo son of Md. Abdulhei of Lilong Kaleikhong Makok.
Md. Sagir Ahamed is the first drug peddler in the state to be awarded longest sentence after having been convicted under the ND&PS Act. He was convicted under 21(c) and 22(b) read with section 25 of the NDPS Act, 1985 on January 31 last, after the prosecution proved that police seized the huge amount of contraband drugs from the possession of the convict.
He was arrested by a team of police led by Th. Brinda MPS (proby), then OC of Lilong police station cum 1st IO and 2nd IO, Asem Satyabai on May 27, 2014 from his residence.
From his possession, the police team has seized 1,06,907 pieces of SP capsules which contain 1069.07 gm of Dextroproxyphene and another 12,800 pieces of N-10 tablets which contained 128 gm of Nitrozepam, which were above commercial quantity.
Moreover, Rs.1,72,090 in cash, which was reported to be sale proceeds and a TATA truck which has a customised hidden chamber for transportation of contraband drugs, were also seized Sagir Ahamed.
Charged was framed against the convict on February 16, 2016 by the then special judge, NDPS, Thoubal A. Guneshwar Sharma (present registrar general of the High Court) for the offence under section 21(b) (c) of NDPS Act, 1985.
The special trial case was recently transferred from the special court NDPS, Thoubal to the Fast Track Court.
During the trial of the case, the court has recorded the statements of 11 prosecution witnesses and Md.
The conviction order stated to refund the seized amount (Rs.1,72,090) to the convict within a month, handed over the seized TATA truck to its owner immediately by taking a receipt and destroyed the MOs after the expiry of the appealed period.
The sentence order mentioned that the convict has to go simple imprisonment for another three years if he failed to pay the imposed fine within six months and further mentioned that the period of detention undergone by the convict in connection with the case shall be set off.
The court also recommended for giving an appropriate award to Th. Brinda MPS (proby), then OC of Lilong police station cum 1st IO and 2nd IO, Asem Satyabai for their distinguish services and their commendable performances of their official duties.
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