Additional district and sessions judge Roopam Singh on Friday awarded 10-year jail to an Ambala resident for possessing 9.2-kg opium, while his co-accused, a Dhanas resident, was acquitted.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on convict Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, 27, who was booked on June 18, 2013, by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) after recovery of 9.2-kg opium from his car.
The court has acquitted 56-year-old Mahinder Singh to whom the opium was to be supplied as the charges against him were not proved.
The NCB had arrested Sanjeev Sharma, a liquor contractor, and Mahinder, who ran a juice shop in Sector 35, on June 18, 2013.
As per the NCB, Sanjeev had come from Ambala to Mahinder's residence to deliver the drugs. The NCB got a tip-off and laid a trap to arrest the duo. A search for Sanjeev's Innova led to the recovery of 9.2-kg opium. Besides, cash worth `1 lakh was also recovered from the car.
The NCB had alleged that the two were kingpins and used to supply drugs to carriers for sale in the market. The two had been operating in the city and many parts of Punjab and Haryana for the past several years.