MNA National Desk: The Cabinet approved in principle the draft of Narcotics Control Bill, 2018 with a provision of death sentence or life-term imprisonment as punishment for producing, trading and using more than 5 grams of Yaba or more than 25 grams of heroin and cocaine.
The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports news agency.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters at the Secretariat after the meeting.
‘The punishment for transporting, trading, storing, producing, processing, applying and using more than five grams of Yaba or amphetamines will be the death penalty or life-term imprisonment,’ said the Cabinet Secretary.
In case of less than five grams of Yaba, he said, the punishment will be minimum one year in jail and maximum five years’ imprisonment alongside the fine.
The Cabinet Secretary said Yaba or amphetamine substances group was included into the A-category narcotics in the proposed law as it is not in the existing Narcotics Control Act 1990.