We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Tue 28 Jul 2015 04:10 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

Qatar said to consider tougher penalties on drug dealing

Gulf state wants to impose harsher punishments on dealers to curb drug use among school and college students

Qatar said to consider tougher penalties on drug dealing
Jail, Handcuff, Law

Qatar is considering a crackdown on drug dealers who sell to adolescents, according to local press.

The Gulf state wants to impose harsher punishments on dealers to curb drug use among school and college students, an official told Arabic daily Al Sharq.

Amr Aly Al Hemeidy, assistant director of the Ministry of Interior’s narcotics department, was quoted as saying the most dangerous drugs used by addicts in Qatar are cocaine, heroine and morphine.

Other common drugs are tramadol, captagon and Lyrica, he said.

According to a report in Doha News, current penalties for drug use and dealing range from jail time to the death penalty, as well as fines of up to QR500,000 ($137,000).

Al Hemeidy was reported to have stated that drug abuse has a negative effect on families, and called on residents to cooperate with authorities to create a “drug free” society.

His department is working with other ministries to run awareness raising campaigns in schools to highlight the dangers of drug use to students, parents and teachers, and advise on prevention.

If Qatar introduces tougher penalties it would be the latest a series of moves to clamp down on drug dealing in the country. In June, it was reported that the customs department had foiled 317 attempts to smuggle drugs into the country in 2014.

And the government has installed new devices at Hamad International Airport to detect drug smugglers.

Arabian Business digital magazine: read the latest edition online

Khaled 4 years ago

Those drug dealers death carriers must be hanged publicly. It is a complete worldwide disaster, taking millions of lives and destroying millions of families. It is a highway to ruin everything. I had a terrible experience of struggle against the dependence of the close family member. Nowhere in the world there is no an adequate method of addiction treatment. We even risked to go to Kyrgyzstan to receive a treatment, where we eventually got an adequate treatment.