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Probe lapses lead to drug case acquittal

delhi Updated: Jun 16, 2012 00:03 IST

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A woman, who was accused of exporting heroin in hidden in a parcel that apparently contained only clothes, has been let off by a Delhi court because of various loopholes in the probe.

Special judge Anu Grover Baliga acquitted Joanna Metlon, holding that the parcel from which the narcotic substance is said to have been recovered appears to have been tampered with.

Metlon was accused by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of exporting heroin by concealing them in the parcel.

The NCB’s case was that in March 2005, it got a tip-off that a parcel was lying in the office of a courier firm with some clothes in it and that there is a possibility that some narcotic substance is concealed in the buttons stitched on the clothes.

An NCB team reached the courier office and opened the parcel. It was found containing clothes and, on opening their buttons, polythene packets with a brown substance was found.

The substance was found to be heroin. All the buttons were opened and a total of 520gm of heroin was recovered.

The parcel was found to have been received from another courier company. The name of the consignee mentioned on it was Udai Singh, a franchisee of the courier company. Singh in his statement said the parcel was booked by one Reshma and forwarded by him to another courier company.

Reshma’s true identity was revealed to be Joana Melton.