A Nigerian nationwide, Joel Smith, has been sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous Imprisonment (RI) for supplying medicine in India.
Smith, who lives in Tilak Nagar, New Delhi, was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) whereas supplying medicine in Mohali.
According to the Hindu Times of India, Mohali Special Task Force arrested the Nigerian nationwide after being caught with 270-gram heroin which was recovered from him.
The courtroom of district and classes decide, Harreet Kaur Kaleka, nevertheless, sentenced Smith to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment on Thursday.
The courtroom additionally dominated that he ought to pay a wonderful of ₹1 lakh (N558, 872.42) and in default must additional bear one yr imprisonment.
Mohali STF operative, AIG Kashmir Singh Gill, stated that Smith was nabbed following a tip-off at a close to petrol pump in Phase 3A on August 2018.
They had recovered 270-gram heroin from him.
“Smith was residing at Tilak Nagar in New Delhi. He was on his way to Mohali to supply drugs to his customers here in Mohali and Chandigarh when he was nabbed,” Gill stated.
During preliminary interrogation, Smith confessed that he got here in India on the vacationer visa in 2014 and by no means returned to his nation. He has been convicted underneath Sections 21, 61, 85 of NDPS Act and Section 14 of Foreign Act by the native courtroom.
Smith is the fourth Nigerian this yr to be sentenced to 10-years for smuggling heroin in Mohali.
On September 6, Austin Krairi and on September 9, a Nigerian girl Joye Cheeka Ozuma, have been sentenced to 10 years’ RI.