A female Nigerian has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for transporting hard drugs in India.
The woman, identified as Joy Chika Uzoma, was caught by the Anti-drug Special Task force (STF) of Punjab, and one-kg heroin worth N55m were recovered from her.
A court pronounced judgement on Uzoma’s case on Thursday, September 9, where she was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment, the judge, Judge Harjit Kaur Kaleke also imposed a fine of Rs1 lakh on the convict. In case of default of payment, the convict will have to further undergo one-year imprisonment.
The STF team, under the supervision of Inspector Ram Darshan and ASI Avtar Singh, was present in Phase IV, Mohali. It got a tip-off that a woman was entering Mohali with heroin.
The team immediately laid a trap near the Nature Park in Phase IX and stopped the Nigerian woman. On checking, the police recovered one-kg heroin from her possession.
An STF official who arrested Uzoma said that the woman used to bring heroin in a fruit basket and she travelled mostly in public transport.
“During the interrogation Uzoma told us that she used to place the heroin at the bottom of the basket and then cover it with a silver foil. Then she would place fruits over it to make it look like a fruit basket,” the official said.