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Woman gets 10 years’ RI for peddling

Shillong, June 17: A woman has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment after she was caught trying to sell a packet of Spasmoproxyvon in 2010.

On Friday, the court of special judge (NDPS), Shillong, convicted Suman Deb and sentenced her to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh and on default, a further imprisonment of one year.

On April 28, 2010 at 4pm, Shillong police apprehended Suman from Rynjah here while she was trying to sell a packet of Spasmoproxyvon.

The drug is a pain reliever, which contains dextropropoxyphene, an opioid (having opiate-like effect but not derived from opium). The Centre had banned dextropropoxyphene in May last year as it is addictive and poses health risks. Abuse of this drug by addicts is rampant in the Northeast, particularly in Mizoram and Manipur. They use it as an alternative to heroin. They use it orally as well as intravenously.

After she was apprehended, Suman was taken to her house at Lapalang from where a consignment of narcotic drugs was recovered, police said.

Accordingly, a case under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered, followed by investigation and filing of chargesheet.

The case was investigated by then sub-inspector Subir Sangma, assisted by sub-inspector H.P. Lytan. Then deputy superintendent of police (crime) Vivek Syiem, who is now the superintendent of police (city), had supervised the case.

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