Authorities to Start Using Anti-Narcotics Law After Amendments and Gazette Publication » Capital News

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 27 – Anti-narcotics agencies will now begin using an amended law to catch drug traffickers and narcotics couriers in a bid to end the country’s rise in illicit drug cases .

This is after the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act was published on March 7, paving the way for the implementation of the law.

The law provides the framework for the fight against the abuse of narcotics, drugs and psychotropic substances by imposing several sanctions.

Those found guilty of manufacturing, possessing or transporting chemicals for the illegal production of a narcotic risk a prison sentence of at least 20 years.

It also prescribes offenses for law enforcement officers who aid or collude with persons suspected of committing violations of the law.

“A law enforcement officer or public officer who aids or abets any offense against this Act, including concealing the commission of an offense or colluding with any person suspected of having committed an offense this Act, commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than 20 million shillings and imprisonment for not less than 20 years,” the amended law states.

The amended Act introduces the offense of conspiring with persons outside or inside Kenya to commit offenses relating to the manufacture, possession and trafficking of drugs inside or outside Kenya.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has been mandated to request evidence when any person, including foreign governments, or entity alleges or has information that that person has committed offences.

Advertising. Scroll to continue reading.

To bolster prosecutions, the law mandated the Crown to access any encrypted communication, as most drug traffickers use the system to avoid concealing communications.

The court may also order a police officer to enter the premises and install devices to intercept or retain specific information.

It varies the penalties where the person is in possession of less than one gram, to a fine of not less than 5 million shillings or imprisonment for not less than five years, or both to such a fine and a prison sentence.

Where a person is in possession of 1 to 100 grams, he shall be liable to a fine of not less than 30 million shillings or imprisonment for 30 years, or both such fine and of a prison sentence.

If the person is in possession of more than 100 grams, he shall be liable to a fine of not less than 50 million shillings or three times the market value, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for life or both such a fine and imprisonment.