A Singaporean woman and her Japanese husband were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment on Wednesday for 10 years by a special court in Mumbai for attempting to smuggle hashish to Singapore.
The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances court also ordered them to pay a fine of Rs 3 lakh each for attempting to smuggle approximately 18 kg of hashish in 2000.
Singaporean national Zainab Yusuf and her Japanese husband Tetsuo Hirayana were nabbed by officials of the Air Intelligence Unit at Mumbai international airport on November 27, 2000 while they were preparing to board a flight to Singapore.
On searching their luggage, the officials found eight packets of hashish concealed in a false compartment of one suitcase and another 10 packets concealed in a bag that the couple was carrying.
Zainab, who claimed to be a garment exporter, and her husband told the officials that they had been given the consignment by a drug dealer in Mumbai who had paid them 2,000 dollars to transport it to Singapore.
The consignment was to be collected in Singapore by another person who was to be sent by the Mumbai-based drug dealer, the couple told the officials.