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Delhi HC upholds 10-year sentences for two defendants who smuggled heroin in secret parcel pockets

Delhi HC upholds 10-year sentences for two defendants who smuggled heroin in secret parcel pockets

A tip-off and corresponding raid on a local courier office in the capital led the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to uncover a drug racket in which heroin was smuggled overseas through pockets hidden in packages.

Details of the operation were revealed in a recent judgment by the Delhi High Court, which upheld the 10-year sentence imposed on two people involved in the criminal network.

According to case documents, an NCB investigator received a tip on April 19, 2012 that narcotics were concealed in a package from Aramex Courier, which was destined for South Africa and located at Lancer Express Service. , Subhash Nagar in West Delhi.

An NCB raid team reached Subhash Nagar’s office where an employee produced the suspicious package. The package contained two saris and seven pieces of fancy lace wrapped in boxes.

Hidden pockets

Upon checking the boxes, carbon paper envelopes were found concealed in the middle of each of the seven rooms. Inside the envelopes, 260 grams of heroin were found.

The employee revealed that he received the package from Space Courier, Safdarjung Enclave. After investigation with Space Courier, it was revealed that the same had been received from a certain Sandeep Sharma of Concord Courier, Masjid Moth, South Extension.

Mr. Sharma informed the BCN that he had received Satyajit Sur’s package from the AS Service, Masjid Moth, South Extension. Mr Sur said the package was booked by a lady, Aisha, who lived in Munirka village.

According to this information, on April 19, 2012, a raid was carried out at the address of the village of Munirka, where Aisha and another person, Stephen, from Nigeria, were present.

Aisha revealed in her statement that the package was given to her by Stephen to be booked in South Africa. Stephen said the parcel was given to him by an Ude Stanely Chidi, a Nigerian, who resides at Vipin Garden, Uttam Nagar.

Subsequently, during a raid on Chidi’s home, a polythene bag containing 255 grams of heroin was recovered. In addition, 18 packets of lace, identical to those seized in the package at Lancer Express, were recovered.

Three convicts

On November 18, 2015, a trial court convicted the three people – Aisha, Stanley and Chidi – under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment. . The trio appealed their conviction to the High Court, which upheld the order against Aisha and Chidi.

The High Court noted that Aisha had been identified by the courier service receptionist who had booked the package for South Africa. He also dismissed the case put forward by Chidi that no videography or photography of the location was taken by the raid team during the recovery of 255 grams of heroin.

In Stephen’s case, the High Court said the only evidence against him is his statement recorded under Section 67 of the NDPS Act, and as the Supreme Court has ruled, the same cannot be taken. into consideration to convict him. The court ordered the superintendent, Tihar Jail, to release Stephen if he was in custody and not required in any other case.