Drug trafficker sent behind bars for 16 years

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Fatehabad, Nov 22 (UNI) A local court has served an exemplary punishment to a drug trafficker, sentencing him to 16 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2 Lakh.

The Additional Dstrict and Sessions judge N P Dewett also ruled that the convict booked under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, would have to undergo a further simple imprisonment of two years if he failed to pay the fine.

Hira Lal, a truck driver from village Bhavdeen near Sirsa, was arrested by the police on September 8, 2003 after recovering 80 quintals of poppy husk from his truck.

Surjeet, the cleaner of the truck, was also arrested along with the driver but was sent to the juvenile court, being a minor.

The local police had received a tip-off that the accused were coming with the contraband to be unloaded at a abandoned shoe factory at Sirsa.


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