A city court has convicted a Nigerian national and sentenced him to ten years rigorous imprisonment under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and the Customs Act.
Additional Sessions Judge PB Sawant on Saturday also directed convict Raymond Ishola Yusuf to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh or undergo additional one-year simple prisonment.
Yusuf was arrested by the Customs authorities on July 27, 1999 as he had tried to export five kgs of heroin in a consignment of ladies accessories to Lagos in Nigeria. The consignment was to be sent through export agent Ravindra Rochlaney's Valintine Girl agency.
Interestingly, the consignee was one Fausatu Amasha, who was importing her own consignment of accessories along with Yusuf's package containing laces unaware of the contraband being exported under her name.
Of the seven boxes of accessories, Yusuf's box contained the heroin hidden in 198 capsules and wrapped between the laces. The other boxes were found clean.
On a tip-off, a Customs inspector intercepted the contraband a day prior to shipment with the help of sniffer dog and later traced Yusuf to a suburban hotel.