‘drugs Courier To Usa Had Tablets The Doctor Ordered’ | Bombay News
“The prosecution, by obvious mistake, did not file the statement of Dr… This statement is a very important investigative exhibit that should have been filed with the indictment. Perhaps due to a change of interviewer, this error crept in,” Desai said. The NDPS Special Tribunal asked the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to give its response.
NCB had alleged that on the basis of a whistleblower, in December 2020, it intercepted the package of 20 strips of 300 tablets of Alprazolam and 20 strips of 200 tablets of Diazepam from the courier company of Andheri (E) . He said the mail was sent to New York. It was alleged that Desai sent the package by courier.
However, Desai’s plea said the doctor confirmed the drugs were prescribed in February 2020 to a man who is now in the United States. The doctor reportedly declared the patient to be a known case of hypertension requiring regular treatment. He also reportedly said the patient was taking Valium tablets and was advised to take alprazolam and gradually reduce the dose of medication.
Desai’s plea said the doctor’s statement was very crucial for a fair decision.
On December 22, 2020, the Area Director of NCB, Mumbai, had addressed a letter to the Deputy Director (Ops), NCB, Headquarters, New Delhi, requesting to approach the United States Drug Law Enforcement Agency for his investigation of who was to receive the package there.
The plea stated that the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, New Delhi Country Office, informed the Managing Director, NCB, that the recipients of the packages were from India and resided in the United States and that the drugs which had to be sent by mail were intended for personal use. They also said there was no criminal connection, according to the plea.
Desai was arrested on January 9, 2021. He was released on bail on January 27, 2021. Granting bail, the NDPS Special Court had noted that to be considered a commercial quantity, the quantity of Alprazolam had to be 100g and Diazepam 500 g. The court said that in Desai’s case, the material was of an intermediate quantity. The maximum penalty attracted is rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine.