Drug trafficker jailed for 10 years, fined

A 28-year-old man, caught with 500 grams of heroin here in February 2010, has been sentenced to a 10-year jail term by a Delhi court with the judge observing that the law provides for a stern punishment to drug peddlers.

Holding Rajasthan native Deepender Kumar guilty of possessing commercial quantity of heroin, special judge Brijesh Kumar Garg also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him.

A Central government notification fixes commercial quantity for various drugs at various levels. For heroin, it has been fixed at 250 grams and above.

NDPS Act

“The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 has been enacted to implement the provisions of the International Conventions on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and for matters connected therewith.

“By this enactment, the sentence structure has been rationalised to ensure that drug traffickers, who indulge in significant quantity of drugs, are punished with deterrent sentences,” said the court, while sentencing Kumar, a Sikar resident.

According to police, Kumar was arrested on a tip-off near a bus stop at Seelam Pur metro station and was found in possession of 500 grams heroin without any license or permit.

During trial, Kumar told the court that he was falsely implicated in the case as, he claimed nothing was recovered from him and the alleged contraband was planted upon him.

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