Kochi

Another major ganja haul in Ernakulam

Excise seizes over 1 kg of contraband from migrant worker

There seems to be no end to the flow of ganja to Ernakulam district with the excise making yet another seizure of substantial quantity of the contraband on Saturday.

Alimudheen Sheikh, 23, of Assam, was picked by an excise team with over 1 kilogram of ganja from near the Angamaly KSRTC stand.

The latest incident comes close on the heels of seizure of 15.60 kg of ganja by the excise in January, a record for the new year in the last five years.

According to excise sources, the accused had been in the business for the last eight years though he was being caught for the first time. An agriculture labourer back in his home State, he has been in Kerala for the last five years.

He smuggled in the drug by train on his return from visits to home and sold it mostly to migrants. He used to bring ganja in lots of 5 kg. Unlike the normal practice of splitting it into smaller lots prevalent among peddlers dealing in ganja to escape stringent punishment on detection, he used to sell it in larger quantities of 500 grams or 1 kg and made a substantial profit of up to ₹15,000 a kg.

Though Section 20 (b) (ii) (A) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act prescribes rigorous imprisonment of up to six months, or fine, which may extend to ₹10,000, or with both, for seizure of small quantities, which in the case of ganja is less than 1 kg, the accused often manages bail on paying a paltry fine of ₹5,000 and at best a few days of remand custody.

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