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3 years jail for an expat and fine of QR 200,000

According to local daily Arrayah Doha criminal court has sentenced an Indian man to three years in jail and ordered his subsequent deportation for illicit drug trade.

The court also fined the defendant QR200, 000 for the same crime and ordered the confiscation

Last week Chairman of the General Authority of Customs announced customs officials that they have seized 6.5kg marijuana, 583 Captagon tablets, and 4kg cannabis from various ports of entry into the country.

Last month Marijuana was found wrapped in carbon paper and hidden in the suitcase of a traveler when a woman customs officer at Hamad International Airport noticed and foiled an attempt to smuggle into the country. The marijuana was seized and the traveller was referred to the concerned security department for necessary legal procedures, as per Gulf times.

The case started when the drug prevention department at the Ministry of Interior received information from an undercover source that the defendant used to own and sell marijuana.

The police patrol that went to seek him found him walking outside his accommodation. Upon searching him a bag was found with him, which contained some pieces of marijuana. A further search in his house revealed two other similar bags with the same material.


How big is Drug Trade

A UN report has stated that “the global drug trade generated an estimated US$321.6 billion in 2003.”With a world GDP of US$36 trillion in the same year, the illegal drug trade may be estimated as nearly 1% of total global trade.

At current levels, world heroin consumption (340 tons) and seizures represent an annual flow of 430-450 tons of heroin into the global heroin market. While approximately 5 tons are consumed and seized in Afghanistan, the remaining bulk of 375 tons is trafficked worldwide via routes flowing into and through the countries neighbouring Afghanistan.(UN Report)


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