Nigerian man, two others sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug possession in India

A citizen of Nigeria and two of his Indian accomplices were convicted in India.

The Special Court for Exceptional Trial under NDPS in Chennai sentenced them to 10 years of strict imprisonment for drug possession.

According to the Times of India, the three defendants, Chukwu Simon Obinna, 30, K. Kumaresan, 26, and S. Arun Diwakar, 33, were arrested outside an apartment in Porura in 2018 for drug possession.

According to the indictment, SRMC police received a tip about a drug exchange in Porur and on December 17, 2018, arrested the trinity outside the apartment complex.

The police discovered that the trinity’s bags contained psychotropic and narcotic substances that they planned to sell. The police seized 220 grams of ecstasy pills, 18 grams of cocaine, 8 grams of MDMA, 9 grams of methamphetamine.

According to the investigation, Obinna arrived in India on a work visa. His method of working to expand his business was allegedly to supply drugs to tourists in Goa before luring them into joining him as agents. Thus, Kumaresan and Divakar became part of the drug network.

When the case went to court on October 8, the defendant’s lawyer said their clients were innocent and argued that there were violations and lack of clear evidence during the arrest.

Among many arguments, counsel for the defendant argued that independent witnesses were not brought by the prosecution and this is fatal to the trial.

The judge, however, noted from the documents that the crime scene was a service road and ruled that the prosecution could not be dismissed simply because of the failure to present independent witnesses.

“The oral testimony of official witnesses must be trusted. When the abductor’s testimony is trustworthy, the absence of independent witnesses is not fatal for the prosecution, ”said Judge V. Tenmose.

The court also noted that people are generally reluctant to testify in criminal proceedings, as this could create problems and put them at great risk.

“Despite the fact that the duty of a citizen is to help the state enforce criminal legislation against the commission of a crime and provide evidence for criminal prosecution, there is no effective mechanism to ensure their safety,” the judge said. Additional area, – stated V. Potomoshe.

The court also imposed a fine on the defendants: 3 million rupees for the citizen of Nigeria and Arun Divakar and 4 million rupees for Kumaresan.

Meanwhile, it became known that Obinna applied for deportation to Nigeria, but this was refused.