Need for tougher drug penalties

The issue of drugs smuggling along the border provinces have been highlighted with calls for tougher penalties to be imposed on people caught to be carrying out this illegal trade.

Recently four people in the Western province were intercepted by police along the Fly River with about K60 thousand worth of marijuana.

The three men and woman have been detained and charged for drug conveyance and trading, however despite this, the North Fly Police Commander Joe Puri is adamant that the laws need to be reviewed and penalties made more severe to deter the trade.

He added that despite people being detained and charged, the penalties at present do not seem to deter people from the illegal drug trade.

Julianna Waeda