A Delhi court on Thursday sentenced two drug traffickers to 15 years' rigorous imprisonment and fined them Rs 1.5 lakh each, five years after they were caught red-handed with 18 kgs of charas here.
Designated Judge NK Gupta, in the same case, sent two of the convicts' associates to 12 years jail and imposed a fine of Rs one lakh each on the duo after the police found on them another 10 kg of the same contraband.
"Narcotic drugs destroy the very fabric of the society, the court observed in the judgement, finding them guilty under the relevant provisions of the NDPS Act.
The convicts are Dinesh Chand, Sanjay Kumar, Praveen and Satish, who is a native of Hissar village in neighbouring Haryana.
The Delhi Police Narcotics Branch on January 31, 2001 received a secret tip-off that two men, carrying a large quantity of narcotics, were on their way to the Capital.
Acting on this information, police laid a trap near Pitampura Police line and apprehended Chand and Kumar, who were in the vehicle.
On searching the two, police found a total of 18 kg of charas, which were packed in two heavy jute sacks, from them.
Chand and Kumar further disclosed during questioning that the narcotics were procured from a supplier in Hissar, Satish.
They further told the police that Satish was due to come to Peeragarhi Chowk in the Capital on February two, 2001.
This resulted in the arrest of Satish and the fourth convict, Praveen, who had driven the former down in a two-wheeler. Another 10 kg of charas was found on the two of them.