Nigerian woman Joy Chika Uzoma was sentenced to ten years in prison for smuggling heroin in Mohali, Punjab, India, on Thursday, September 9.
Additionally, District and Sessions Judge Harjit Kaur Kaleke fined the convict Rs1 lakh. In case of default of payment, the convict will be sentenced to an additional year in prison.
TOn May 10, 2018, the Punjab Anti-drug Special Task Force (STF) arrested a Nigerian national.A kilogram of heroin worth over N55m was recovered from her.
In Phase IV, Mohali, the STF team was supervised by Inspector Ram Darshan and ASI Avtar Singh. It received a tip that a woman was entering Mohali with heroin.
A trap was immediately laid near the Nature Park in Phase IX and the Nigerian woman was stopped. She had one kilogram of heroin in her possession when the police checked her.
Uzoma came to India in 2015 on a business visa and started a business of readymade garments in Tripura, Delhi, and Noida.
Uzoma also started supplying drugs in Chandigarh and Mohali areas after coming in contact with Nigerian drug peddlers.
An STF official who arrested Uzoma said that the woman used to bring heroin in a fruit basket and she travelled mostly in public transport.
“During the interrogation Uzoma told us that she used to place the heroin at the bottom of the basket and then cover it with a silver foil. Then she would place fruits over it to make it look like a fruit basket,” the official said.