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Man in Phek gets 15 years RI for smuggling ganja

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DIMAPUR, AUGUST 29: The Court of Special Judge, NDPS Act, in Phek, Mezivolu T Therieh on Monday sentenced one person, Wilson Domeh, to 15 years of rigorous imprisonment along with a penalty of Rs 2 lakh.
“In case of default payment of fine by him, he shall further undergo 2 years rigorous imprisonment”, she ruled.
The case relates to the seizure of contraband ganja weighing around 200 kg at Zapami village area on the night of October 29, 2020.
According to the judgement, “…it is clear that Wilson cannot be presumed not to be in conscious possession of the contraband ganja despite the fact that he was not caught with physical possession in the vehicle which was left abandoned and was seized by the police. Wilson could not prove the fact that he had no such culpable mental state with respect to his act of possessing huge quantity of ganja.
“It can therefore safely be inferred beyond all reasonable doubt that Wilson was in exclusive possession of 200 kilograms of ganja and it was under his complete custody and control. For these reasons, I hold Wilson guilty of being in possession and control of 200 kilograms of ganja which is a commercial quantity and convict him under Section 20(b) of the Act.”
While taking into consideration that Wilson has a family to look after, the Special Judge maintained: “But the fact remains that he has been found in possession and control of huge commercial quantity of 200 kilograms of ganja which is banned”.
Moreover, she noted that Wilson was earlier convicted in a similar case in criminal case rendering him a habitual offender and “his criminal behaviour definitely cannot be taken casually”.
(Page News Service)