A court on Thursday, September 9, sentenced a Nigerian woman, Joy Chika Uzoma, to 10-year rigorous imprisonment for smuggling heroin in Mohali, Punjab, India.
Additional District and Sessions 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 Nigerian national was arrested with by the Anti-drug Special Task Force (STF) of Punjab in May, 2018. One-kg heroin worth over N55m were recovered from her.
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.