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New Law to Expand Punishment for Venezuelan Officials Involved in Drug-Trafficking

To be Approved by the National Assembly  

The director of Venezuela’s National Anti-Drug Office, ONA, Néstor Reverol, reiterated on Monday, March 15, that a proposed reform of the Organic Law on Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances would likely include the adoption of stronger measures against officials involved in drug-trafficking.

Reverol said that the new reform will be discussed this week in the National Assembly. The law would call for the suspension of pensions and salaries and other measures for any Venezuelan official involved in drug-trafficking.

The Director of the ONA also noted that the reform would send any Venezuelan judicial or military official involved in drug-trafficking to jail for up to 30 years, the maximum sentence in the country.

Reverol pointed out that the reforms were presented by the Commission on Social Development – the branch of the National Assembly responsible for analyzing different laws, agreements, resolutions, and investigations-- and has been included on the legislative agenda to be discussed for second time next Thursday in the National Assembly.    

The Organic Law on Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances came into force to help combat drug-trafficking and distribution that could affect the country, said Reverol.

Venezolana de Televisión, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office / March 16, 2010

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