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Heroin is a derivative of opium, the chemical term for which is Diacetylmorphine, also known as dia-morphine.
It is illegal to manufacture, possess, transport, inter-state import/export, sell, purchase and use heroin. The punishment for carrying out any of these activities is proportional to the quantity of Heroin involved and not the type of activity.
- Small quantity (5 gm) – jail time up to 1 year and/or fine up to Rs 10,000
- 5 gm to 250 gm – jail time up to 10 years and fine up to Rs 1 lakh
- Commercial quantity (250 gm) – jail time between 10 and 20 years, and fine between Rs 1 lakh and 2 lakhs. The Court may also impose a fine of more than 2 lakhs. 1
- Section 21, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.