BISHKEK -- A Kyrgyz lawmaker is proposing to amend the country's criminal code to stiffen punishments for drug trafficking, 24.kg reported Tuesday (March 20).
The punishment for smuggling drugs across the border, which ranges from 3-7 years in prison and includes the confiscation of property, is not enough, according to member of parliament Mirlan Jeyenchoroyev.
He seeks to establish a criminal code article just for drug smuggling and to increase prison terms for convicted large-scale traffickers to 10-15 years.
Drug dealers who distribute psychotropic substances at schools and recreational centres would face 15-20 years, according to Jeenchoroyev's proposal. Officials who use their position to smuggle drugs would get 5-10 years in prison.
Drug trafficking-related offences would also include the confiscation of property.
"The growth of drug addicts among adults and adolescents adversely affects the overall criminal situation in the republic," he said.