A Nigerian woman, Maryam Wano, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for smuggling heroin in the district court of Mohali, Punjab, India.

The court of district and sessions judge Harreet Kaur Kaleka also slapped a fine of 1 lakh on Wano, on Wednesday, September 29.

Maryam Wano
Nigerian Woman Sentenced To 10 years Imprisonment For Smuggling Heroin In India

Wano is the fourth Nigerian national to be sentenced to 10-year RI for smuggling heroin in Mohali this year.

She was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) based on a tip-off in May 2018 near the old barrier in Phase 1. STF had recovered 280 grams of heroin from her possession.

Residing at Krishna Puri in New Delhi, the accused woman was on her way to Mohali to supply the drugs to her customers.

She was coming to Chandigarh from New Delhi, where she resides, to supply drugs to her clients when she was stopped.

Wano, who is believed to be in her thirties, told the police that she came to India in August 2016 on a medical visa and later started working in a beauty and hair salon.

Maryam Wano

She, meanwhile, started the trade of carrying the drug from New Delhi and smuggling it to Punjab and neighboring areas. She failed to produce her visa and passport, the police said.

“She has been into drug peddling for over eight months before her arrest,” said Rajinder Singh Sohal, Superintendent of Police, STF.

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