A 28-year-old Delhi student was sentenced to 35 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) Wednesday by Narcotics Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances Act Court for trying to courier 2 kg of heroin to The Netherlands from Mumbai.
Reuben Sungte of Imphal,who moved to Delhi with Nigerians Richard and Sam,tried to send two heroin parcels to The Netherlands through Mumbai-based courier companies Aramex and TNT.
Considering the quantity of heroin,I am of the view that more than the minimum sentence is called for, special Judge I M Bohari said.
The prosecution claimed Sungte came to Mumbai on December 7,2009,and successfully placed his order with TNT but a clerk at Aramex caught him. Richard and Sam,who allegedly involved him in drug-peddling,had assigned him the task.
The anti-narcotics cell (ANC) of Mumbai Police said Sungte first went to TNT at 2 pm and later to Aramex at 3.30 pm.
ANC received a call from the branch manager at Aramex that a man had approached them with a suspicious parcel. The courier office engaged Sungte in talk as they waited for ANC sleuths,who found 1 kg of heroin kept in 10 packets in his parcel.
Sungte later allegedly confessed to sending several such parcels in the past.
During the trial,however,defence advocate Taraq Sayed said he was wrongly booked and abused and tortured.
But the court rejected the claims. It also rejected a defence plea for leniency on the grounds that Sungte was the sole earner of his family and came from a humble background.