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Drugs are a big problem for the Cypriot youth

Drugs are a big problem for the Cypriot youth

11.05.2018
Tags: Cyprus, Drugs, Court, Prison, Nicosia, Schools

The Nicosia court found the young man guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced him to five years in prison, the source said.

30-year-old resident of Nicosia admitted that he stored 400 gram of cocaine for further sale.

The man started using drugs for 6 months before his arrest. He associates this with the difficult financial circumstances that his family faced.

On the crime of a young man pushed "a debt to those who supplied him with drugs." To somehow pay off, the man took a batch of cocaine for storage.

Absence of previous convictions, full confession of guilt and repentance in the deed - the court took into account as mitigating circumstances. The lawyer also noted that the defendant started working with 14-years and from that age was the head of the family.

The national anti-drug legislation is represented by the following legislative acts:

  • Law on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances No. 29, 1977, which is the main legislative act regulating the fight against drug trafficking;
  • Law on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) No. 20 (1) 1992, amending the law of the same name 29 1977.

According to these laws, the punishment for possession of drugs provides for a term of imprisonment - up to 12 years, the sale of narcotic drugs - life imprisonment.

The court said that "drugs are probably the biggest problem that young people face in Cyprus".

Chairman of the Education Committee Kyriakos Hadjiannis noted that in a small country such as Cyprus already there are even gangs that compete among themselves in the number of drugs sold to schoolchildren.

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