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Old 12-14-2005, 01:08 PM
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Travel Warning: Foreign Drug Laws

Any of you who go on holidays never expect to be in a situation where you do not get to come home. Sunny beaches, historical sites to see, wonderful exotic foods, all the wonders of a well earned holiday.
There are however many people in the world right now who are sitting in foreign prisons facing sentencing or charged with drug crimes. Some of them have done the crime but there are also others who haven't or got unknowingly caught up in something they were not a willing participant in.
Please remember when travelling to a foreign country, you are no longer under the laws of your own country and your home country can do very little to help you if you get caught up in foreign drug laws. Some countries that are very popular with tourists practice the death penalty for drug trafficking. Also many of these countries carry out their sentences within weeks or days of sentencing.
This thread is for alerts regarding foreign drug laws. Please feel free to post your experiences or knowledge of this.

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Things You Should Know Before You Go Abroad/U.S. Citizens

HARD FACTS


Each year, 2,500 Americans are arrested overseas. One third of the arrests are on drug-related charges. Many of those arrested assumed as U.S. citizens that they could not be arrested. From Asia to Africa, Europe to South America, U.S. citizens are finding out the hard way that drug possession or trafficking equals jail in foreign countries.

There is very little that anyone can do to help you if you are caught with drugs.

It is your responsibility to know what the drug laws are in a foreign country before you go, because "I didn''t know it was illegal" will not get you out of jail.

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of women arrested abroad. The rise is a result of women who serve as drug couriers or "mules" in the belief they can make quick money and have a vacation without getting caught. Instead of a short vacation, they get a lengthy stay or life sentence in a foreign jail.

A number of the Americans arrested abroad on drug charges in 1994 possessed marijuana. Many of these possessed one ounce or less of the substance. The risk of being put in jail for just one marijuana cigarette is not worth it.

If you are purchasing prescription medications in quantities larger than that considered necessary for personal use, you could be arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking.

Once you''re arrested, the American consular officer CANNOT get you out!

You may say "it couldn''t happen to me" but the fact is that it could happen to you if you find yourself saying one of the following:

... "I''m an American citizen and no foreign government can put me in their jail."

... "If I only buy or carry a small amount, it won''t be a problem."

If you are arrested on a drug charge it is important that you know what your government CAN and CANNOT do for you.

The U.S. Consular Officer CAN

* visit you in jail after being notified of your arrest
* give you a list of local attorneys (The U.S. Government cannot assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of these individuals or recommend a particular attorney.)
* notify your family and/or friends and relay requests for money or other aid -- but only with your authorization
* intercede with local authorities to make sure that your rights under local law are fully observed and that you are treated humanely, according to internationally accepted standards
* protest mistreatment or abuse to the appropriate authorities

The U.S. Consular Officer CANNOT

* demand your immediate release or get you out of jail or the country!
* represent you at trial or give legal counsel
* pay legal fees and/or fines with U.S. Government funds

If you are caught buying, selling, carrying or using drugs -- from hashish to heroin, marijuana to mescaline, cocaine to quaaludes, to designer drugs like ecstacy....

IT COULD MEAN:

Interrogation and Delays Before Trial - including mistreatment and solitary confinement for up to one year under very primitive conditions

Lengthy Trials - conducted in a foreign language, with delays and postponements

Weeks, Months or Life in Prison - some places include hard labor, heavy fines, and/or lashings, if found guilty

The Death Penalty - in a growing number of countries (e.g., Malaysia and Pakistan)

Although drug laws vary from country to country, it is important to realize before you make the mistake of getting involved with drugs that foreign countries do not react lightly to drug offenders. In some countries, anyone who is caught with even a very small quantity for personal use may be tried and receive the same sentence as the large-scale trafficker.

DON''T LET YOUR TRIP ABROAD BECOME A NIGHTMARE!

This information has been provided to inform you before it is too late.

SO THINK FIRST!

* A number of countries, including the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines, have enacted more stringent drug laws which impose mandatory jail sentences for individuals convicted of possessing even small amounts of marijuana or cocaine for personal use.
* Once you leave the United States, you are not covered by U.S. laws and constitutional rights.
* Bail is not granted in many countries when drugs are involved.
* The burden of proof in many countries is on the accused to prove his/her innocence.
* In some countries, evidence obtained illegally by local authorities may be admissible in court.
* Few countries offer drug offenders jury trials or even require the prisoner''s presence at his/her trial.
* Many countries have mandatory prison sentences of seven years or life, without the possibility of parole for drug violations.

REMEMBER!

* If someone offers you a free trip and some quick and easy money just for bringing back a suitcase.... SAY NO!
* Don''t carry a package for anyone, no matter how small it might seem.
* The police and customs officials have a right to search your luggage for drugs. If they find drugs in your suitcase, you will suffer the consequences.
* You could go to jail for years and years with no possibility of parole, early release or transfer back to the U.S.
* Don''t make a jail sentence part of your trip abroad.

The Department of State''s Bureau of Consular Affairs'' Office of Overseas Citizens Services provides emergency services pertaining to the protection of Americans arrested or detained abroad, the search for U.S. citizens overseas, the transmission of emergency messages to those citizens or their next of kin in the United States and other emergency and non-emergency services. Contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services from Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at (202) 647-5225. For an emergency after hours or on weekends and holidays, ask for the Overseas Citizens Services'' duty officer at (202) 647-4000. Internet home page: http://travel.state.gov

U.S. Department of State
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Penalties for using and smuggling drugs vary around the world.
In Turkey you could receive 25 years in jail and in Cyprus you could be in for a long prison sentence for possession, or receive a large fine thanks to their zero tolerance policy.
In Tunisia, if you are caught smoking cannabis or in possession of any other soft drugs you will most likely receive a prison sentence.
In Thailand/Bali, possession of even tiny quantities of drugs can lead to imprisonment and sentences of 50 years without remission are not unusual. In the most serious cases, the death penalty can be given. Possession of 20 grammes or more of any Class A drug at a Thai exit point is classed as trafficking and, if found guilty, the death sentence is usually given. In Thailand, amphetamines and ecstasy are both considered Class A drugs.
In Spain, possession of any drug is illegal and could result in a prison sentence, and in the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca) it is also illegal to drink alcohol in the streets.

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Indonesia

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty. Penalties for possession of even small amounts of recreational drugs include heavy fines and imprisonment.

In August 2005 Indonesian Police launched an official campaign targeting illegal drug use and possession across Indonesia, including Bali and Jakarta. The campaign has included the raiding of popular nightclubs and urine testing suspected drug users.

Angola

Penalties for possession, trafficking and use of drugs, including 'soft drugs', include mandatory prison sentences.

Argentina, Armenia, Belize

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

Azerbaijan
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy imprisonment and heavy fines.

Bahrain
Penalties for drug offences, including for possession, are severe and include the death penalty and life imprisonment.

Bangladesh

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include mandatory prison sentences (including for small amounts of illegal drugs) and the death penalty.

Benin
Drug offences carry mandatory sentences, regardless of the quantity, including those involving 'soft drugs'.

Bolivia
Regions of Chapare and Yungas: As in other parts of the country, we advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the coca growing areas of Chapare (between Santa Cruz and Cochabamba) and the Yungas region northeast of La Paz, because of the possibility of confrontations between government forces and coca growers.
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Penalties for the possession, use or trafficking of drugs, including cannabis, include heavy fines and imprisonment.

Botswana
Penalties for drug offences, including those involving cannabis, are severe and include mandatory prison sentences.

Brazil
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs in Brazil are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

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Burma

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty.

Cambodia, Chile, El Salvador

Penalties for drug offences, including those involving soft drugs, are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

Colombia

Terrorist, insurgent and paramilitary groups (including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - FARC, and the National Liberation Army - ELN) are active throughout Colombia. Armed clashes between security forces, these groups and drug traffickers occur regularly.
Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Colombia are severe and include imprisonment in local jails.

Costa Rica, Cuba


Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

Croatia

Penalties for possession of even small amounts of 'soft drugs' include fines and suspended sentences.

Cyprus

Penalties for drug offences are severe and can lead to life imprisonment. Possession of even small amounts of narcotics can result in imprisonment.

Djibouti, Ethiopia
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs are severe, and include long jail sentences and heavy fines.

East Timor
There are severe penalties for drug offences in East Timor.

Ecuador
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy prison terms served in local jails. The minimum sentence for trafficking of any illegal drug is 12 years imprisonment.

Egypt
Possession of even small quantities of illicit drugs in Egypt can lead to the death penalty, long prison sentences or deportation.

Eritrea, The Gambia

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences.

Ghana
Penalties for drug offences, including possession, are severe and carry mandatory prison sentences.
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Guatemala, Honduras
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

Guyana, Liberia
Penalties for drug offences, including possession, are severe and include long prison sentences

Hong Kong, Lesotho
Penalties for possession of illegal drugs, including 'soft-drugs', include imprisonment.

India
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include mandatory sentences and the death penalty. The judicial process can be lengthy.

Iran
Penalties for importing and possessing drugs are severe and include the death penalty.

Jamaica
Penalties for drug offences are severe and possession of even small quantities of illegal drugs, including marijuana, may lead to imprisonment. Travellers are thoroughly screened for drug possession on departure from Jamaica.

Japan
Penalties for drug offences include lengthy imprisonment. Use or possession of small amounts of drugs may result in a prison sentence of between one and ten years and Japanese law allows for a fine of up to Yen5,000,000. Some people convicted of drug related offences have had their sentence suspended but will be issued with a deportation order. People deported under these circumstances are not permitted to return to Japan for five to ten years.

Jordan
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty. Penalties for possession of even small quantities of 'soft' drugs include mandatory prison sentences.

Kenya, Lebanon
Penalties for drug offences can be severe and include lengthy imprisonment.

Kuwait
Penalties for drug offences (including possession) are severe and include the death penalty.

Laos
Penalties for drug offences are severe in Laos and include the death penalty.

Latvia, Mali
Penalties for drug offences, including possession of small amounts, are severe and may include long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Libya
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty or life imprisonment.

Madagascar
Penalties for drug offences, including 'soft drugs', include prison sentences.

Malaysia
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking.

Maldives
Penalties for drug offences, including possession, are severe and include mandatory prison sentences. Possession of small quantities of illegal drugs (including soft drugs) can be considered trafficking and can be punishable by life imprisonment.
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Mauritius
Penalties for drug offences are severe. Drug trafficking risks a mandatory prison sentence of 45 years.

Mexico
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy prison sentences local jails. People who rent or borrow cars in Mexico are responsible for any illegal items found in those vehicles, even if they were unaware of their presence.

Mongolia, Nicaragua
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include imprisonment.

Morocco
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences, even for possession of so called 'soft drugs'. Penalties for serious offences include the death penalty.

Nepal
Penalties for drug offences are severe in Nepal. Tourists caught in possession of even small quantities could be convicted and imprisoned.

Netherlands
In the Netherlands the possession, use, and sale by licensed "coffee shops" of small amounts of marijuana and hashish has been decriminalised. Possession and trafficking of large quantities of hard drugs or any narcotics will include criminal penalties.

New Zealand
Penalties for possession and use of even small amounts of 'soft drugs' may include fines and possibly prison sentences.

Nigeria
Penalties for drug offences are severe and may include the death penalty.

Oman
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty. Possession of even small amounts of so-called 'soft drugs' is punishable by prison sentences of at least 12 months.

Pakistan
Penalties for drug offences are severe in Pakistan and include the death penalty. Possession of even small quantities of "soft drugs" for recreational purposes can result in lengthy jail sentences, large fines and deportation.

Palau
Penalties for drug offences are strict. Possession of any amount of illegal 'hard drugs' (such as heroin and cocaine) carries a mandatory sentence of 25 years imprisonment.
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Panama
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy prison sentences in local jails. Being in the company of someone using illegal drugs, or possessing a very small quantity of illegal drugs, are grounds for arrest.

Peru, Suriname
Penalties for possession of illegal drugs are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

Philippines

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty. Possession of even small amounts of so-called 'soft drugs' attracts mandatory jail sentences.

Poland
Penalties for drug offences in Poland are severe and include mandatory prison sentences.

Qatar, Sierra Leone, South Africa
Penalties for drug offences include long prison sentences.

Samoa
Penalties for possession and use of cannabis include prison sentences.

Saudi Arabia
Penalties for importing, possessing or using drugs are severe and include the death penalty.

Serbia and Montenegro
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

Singapore, Sri Lanka
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty.
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Syria, Taiwan
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty.

Tajikistan
Penalties for drug offences in Tajikistan are severe and include lengthy imprisonment in local jails.

Tanzania
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy imprisonment.

Thailand

In Thailand penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty. The possession of even small quantities of "soft drugs" for recreational purposes can result in lengthy jail sentences and deportation.

Trinidad and Tobago
Penalties for drug offences are severe and possession of even small quantities of illegal drugs, including marijuana, may lead to imprisonment served in local jails. When departing, visitors are thoroughly screened for drug possession.

Tunisia
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs, including ''soft'' drugs, include mandatory imprisonment.

Turkey, Turkmenistan
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs in Turkey are severe and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences.

Uganda
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and heavy fines.

United Arab Emirates
Penalties for drug trafficking include the death penalty. Penalties for possession of illegal drugs include imprisonment. The presence of illegal drugs in the body is considered possession. Medications that are available over the counter or by prescription in some countries may be illegal in the United Arab Emirates.

USA
Penalties for drug-related offences, including marijuana use, are severe and provide for minimum mandatory sentences.

Uzbekistan
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include lengthy prison sentences served in local jails.

Venezuela
Penalties for drug offences, including possession, are severe and include lengthy jail sentences served in local jails. Possession of small quantities of marijuana may lead to imprisonment. Travellers are screened for drug possession on departure.

Vietnam
Penalties for drug offences are severe and include the death penalty.

Yemen
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict.
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That Is Very True If You Are Caught With An Ounce Or More In Vietnam You Will Get The Death Penalty.............my Friends' Friend Got Busted Over There And He Was Shot To Death But Before They Killed Him The Let Him Make A Cd, And Its Way Sad. He Talks About His Kids He Will Leave Behind, And How Horrible The Prison Is Over There.
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