25 Feb 2006

Samoa drug offenders face stiffer penalties

11:04 am on 25 February 2006

Drug offenders in Samoa will face stiffer penalties if legislation now before Parliament is passed into law.

The Samoa Observer reports that the Narcotics Amendment Act of 2006 dominated parliamentary debate yesterday.

Under the Act , if someone is caught supplying narcotics, they could be jailed for 14 years.

A manufacturer could get 10 years.

An offence that currently lands someone in jail for two years could increase to seven years.

If approved, the law would go into effect immediately.