On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge S Nagarjuna convicted two ganja smugglers R Satya Rao and A Srinu to undergo imprisonment for 14 years in Visakhapatnam.
This is a second conviction in the ganja smuggling cases in the Visakha courts, as of ganja smuggler S Nookaraju of Yetigairmmapeta village of Golugonda Mandal in Vizag district was convicted to 14-years jail
term and the fine amount of Rs. One lakh and a couple of days back by the same court and the judge.
The Sessions court judge Nagarjuna also imposed the same fine amount of Rs. One lakh each to both convicted persons. In case of non-payment of the fine, the accused were asked to increase the period of imprisonment one more year. Both the terms will run concurrently.
“On January 8 of 2013, the cops of Chodavaram Police Station near Gowripatnam were arrested Satya Rao and Srinu in the ganja transportation case, while they were transporting ganja around 475 kgs in a four-wheeler,” noted by Public Prosecutor PVM Jayalakshmi.
The duo from Visakhapatnam district was transporting the green drug from Paderu surroundings to Vizag. Cops registered cases against the smugglers under sections 8 C read with 20 b (ii), (C), 25 of NDPS Act.