Karachi: Malaysian drug peddler gets eight years
Karachi: A Malaysian national, Muhammad Ridzwan bin Ahmed Dasuki, was sentenced to eight years in jail and fined Rs100,000 on Wednesday for carrying drugs in a suitcase. In case of default he would have to undergo additional three months’ imprisonment.
The judge of the Special Court-II of Control of Narcotics Substance, Sanaullah Ghori, announced his judgment after the convict pleaded guilty.
According to the prosecution, SPO Customs Imran Tahir stopped Ridzwan in the departure lounge of Jinnah International Airport, where he had reported to board a Malaysian Airlines flight for Penang via Kuala Lumpur on March 28 this year.
His baggage was examined in the presence of customs officers SPO Abrar Ahmed and SPO Jaffer Abbas, who were also the prosecution witnesses.
The initial search did not yield in any recovery; however, when the suitcase was thoroughly searched, the customs sleuths found some whitish crystalline substance wrapped in two polythene packets concealed in false cavities. Later, a lab test showed the substance was drugs.
Consequently, Ridzwan was formally charged under Section 6/9-c of the CNS Act-1997. Initially, he claimed trial but later during the recording of his statement he pleaded guilty.