Say NO to Drugs, Say NO as a Drug Mule
Countries With Severe Anti Drug Laws: In Indonesia you’d be looking at 10 to 15 years for drug possession, while in other places like Malaysia and Singapore it can range up to 50 years. Serious drugs charges in Tunisia can land you in jail for up to 20 years.
Turkey’s jails are notorious, and a drugs conviction could mean you’d be seeing the inside of one for up to 20 years. Smoke cannabis in India and you could lose 10 years of your life behind bars. If you’re caught smuggling drugs in Venezuela, it’s at least 10 years, while Morocco has a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine for possession. Perhaps surprisingly, Jamaica is tough on drugs possession, with mandatory jail terms and heavy fines even for possessing small quantities of drugs.
Even Europe isn’t all liberal in its attitude to drugs. Not only does Greece have life in prison as a deterrent, but Italy can put you away for up to 20 years, and Spain is only slightly less lenient – a maximum of 12 years.
If you’re a migrant workers overseas and arrested on drugs charges, you have the right to see the Embassy or Consulate – in fact, the local police are obliged to contact the Consulate or Embassy. Be aware, however, that they can’t do much. They can’t get you out of jail, or even see that you obtain better living conditions.
The solution, of course, is to not use or carry drugs abroad. Don’t be tempted to take them in your luggage for money or let yourself be tricked into it.
Parts of the Middle East, especially the Gulf States, treat drug possession harshly. In Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, even possession of miniscule amounts of marijuana – too small to be seen – can result in several years in prison.
Saudi Arabia, where those convicted of drug trafficking can end up beheaded in public. Pushers and Users will be jailed for an unknown number of years prior to trial.
SO IF YOU ARE AN OFW, DO NOT BE TRICKED FOR MONEY AND BECOME A DRUG COURIER,
IF YOU’RE AN OFW, DO NOT SELL OR USE ILLEGAL DRUGS!
Say NO to Drugs, Say NO as a Drug Mule!
An Anti-DRUG Courier Campaign of OFW Congress-Riyadh