Woman gets 40-year RI for drug trafficking

Zamthian Niang,who stayed at Santacruz as a paying guest,was arrested for trafficking around 500 gm of the banned drug mandrax into the city.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 4, 2013 1:56:06 am

A special Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act court on Wednesday convicted a 26-year-old woman from Assam and sentenced her to 40 years of rigorous imprisonment in a drug trafficking case that dates back to 2009. Zamthian Niang,who stayed at Santacruz as a paying guest,was arrested for trafficking around 500 gm of the banned drug mandrax into the city.

Judge M Y Mankar found her guilty under three charges for smuggling and concealing the consignment in the cavity of a box that she had tried to send to her hometown through courier. Niang was ordered to pay a fine of Rs 3 lakh.

Having been found guilty under three sections of the special NDPS Act,Niang’s punishment will run consecutively. “On two counts,the accused was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and 10 years on a third,” said her lawyer Ayaz Khan.

While the prosecution based its case on 11 witnesses,the defence had attempted to punch loopholes in the prosecution’s case during final arguments. “At least three witnesses gave contradictory versions to the court. One of the glaring examples was that of a panch witness,who testified that the box contained CDs and not psychotropic substances in it. It was not taken into consideration,” Khan said,adding that he would file an appeal in the High Court.

Niang was arrested after an intelligence input. The sample was sent for a forensic test and had tested positive.

The case

Zamthian Niang was arrested in 2009 for trafficking around 500 gm of the banned drug mandrax into the city

NIANG was found guilty under three sections of the special NDPS Act and her punishment will run consecutively

She was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on two counts and 10 years on a third

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