Introducing others to drug traffickers will soon be an offence

Jan 18, 2019

Instructing someone how to consume drugs knowing it will be acted on, showing them how to traffic or introducing them to traffickers to procure drugs, will be an offence under a Bill passed in Parliament yesterday.

These offences will carry a jail term of up to 10 years.

The acts fall under the category of "contaminative behaviours" that must be deterred, said Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam on the changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Elaborating, Mr Shanmugam said: "There is a range of contaminative behaviours that may not meet the current definition of trafficking, or abetment, but they contribute to the spread of drug abuse. In that way, they harm others."

Under the changes, it will also be a crime to spread or publish information on drug activities, which will carry a maximum imprisonment of five years, a fine up to $10,000, or both.


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