The Ministry of Interior announced Monday that the Drug Enforcement Department has succeeded in thwarting an attempt to smuggle huge amount of drugs into the country.
The Ministry said in a statement that it had arrested a gang consisting of five people carrying an Asian nationality trying to smuggle a drug shipment estimated at one hundred kilograms of hashish drug for the purpose of trafficking.
The Ministry explained that the operation was carried out after it had received information indicating that a gang is trying to smuggle and promote narcotic drugs. A research team was formed to investigate the matter. The investigation and observation work resulted in identifying a number of suspects and then reaching the warehouse where the drugs were hidden in goods containers carrying a shipment of marble. The suspects concealed the drugs inside the cavities of the marble.
After taking the necessary legal procedures and issuing an order from the Public Prosecution to arrest members of the gang and search the warehouse, the police succeeded in raiding the warehouse after the arrival of gang members. The amount of the drugs seized was about 100 kilograms, packed in 192 cylindrical packages.
During the investigation, the accused persons confessed to participating in the operations of smuggling and storing the narcotic substances for the purpose of trafficking. They also guided police to the rest of the gang members who were arrested. All the accused and the detainees were referred to the competent authorities to complete the legal procedures, the Ministry added.
The drug problem continues to pose a serious threat to human health, security, safety and well-being, economic, social and political systems and stability in a growing number of states, as well as undermining the pillars of sustainable development. To fight against this serious issue with ultimate care, Qatar has strict laws.
Crimes of drugs and psychotropic substances are governed by Law No. 9 for the year 1987, and Amendment Law No. 7 for the year 1998. As per the penalties, its provisions are in line with international approaches to amplify the penalty to accord the severity of the criminal acts. Its main feature is intensifying the punishment to the death penalty or life imprisonment next to seizing properties and funds derived from this restricted activity.
(Source: Ministry of Interior)
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