During 1994, 2,500 Americans were apprehended in 95 foreign countries. Of these, 880 ended up in jails abroad due to the fact that they presumed they could not get jailed for drug belongings. From Asia to Africa, Europe to South America, Americans are learning the hard method that drug property or trafficking equals jail in foreign countries.
There is hardly any that anybody can do to assist you if you are caught with drugs.
It is your duty to understand what the drug laws are in a foreign country prior to you go, due to the fact that “I didn’t understand it was prohibited” will not get you from jail.
In recent years, there has actually been a boost in the number of ladies apprehended abroad. The increase is a result of females who work as drug messengers or “mules” in the belief they can make fast cash and have a trip without getting captured. Rather of a holiday, they get a permanent home in an overseas jail.
A number of the Americans detained abroad on drug charges in 1994 possessed cannabis. A lot of these possessed one ounce or less of the substance. The risk of being put in prison for simply one cannabis cigarette is ineffective.
Once you’re jailed, the American consular officer CAN NOT get you out!
You might state “it could not happen to me” however the fact is that it might happen to you if you find yourself saying any of the following:
… “My family has sufficient cash and impact to obtain me from trouble.”
…” If I only buy or bring a percentage, it won’t be a problem.”
.” As long as I’m an American citizen, no foreign government will put ME in THEIR prison.”
If you are detained on a drug charge it is very important that you know exactly what CAN and CAN NOT be done.
The United States Consular Policeman CAN
— check out you in jail after being alerted of your arrest
— give you a list of local lawyers (the U.S. Government can not assume duty for the professional capability or integrity of these people
— inform your household and/or friends and relay demands for money or other aid– however only with your authorization
— intercede with local authorities to make sure that your rights under regional law are totally observed and that you are treated humanely, according to globally accepted requirements
— demonstration mistreatment or abuse to the proper authorities
The United States Consular Officer CAN NOT.
— demand your immediate release or get you from prison or the nation!
— represent you at trial or give legal counsel.
— pay legal costs and/or fines with U.S. Government funds.
If you are captured purchasing, selling, bring or using any kind of drug– from hashish to heroin, cannabis to mescaline, cocaine to quaaludes–.
IT CAN MEAN:.
Interrogation and Hold-ups Before Trial consisting of mistreatment and solitary confinement for as much as one year under very primitive conditions.
Prolonged Trials conducted in a foreign language, with delays and postponements.
2 Years to Life in Prison some places consist of hard labor and heavy fines, if found guilty.
The Death Penalty in a growing number of nations (e.g., Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand).
Although drug laws might differ in each nation you go to, it is essential to recognize, before you make the mistake of getting included with drugs, which foreign countries do not respond lightly to drug offenders. Anyone who is caught with even an extremely little quantity for personal use might be tried and get the same sentence as the large scale trafficker.
A variety of countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic, have actually enacted more strict drug laws which impose compulsory jail sentences for people convicted of having even small amounts of cannabis or cocaine for individual usage.
As soon as 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 problem of evidence in numerous nations is on the accused to show his/her innocence.
In some nations, evidence acquired unlawfully by regional authorities might be admissible in court.
Few nations provide drug wrongdoers jury trials or perhaps require the prisoner’s presence at his/her trial.
Lots of nations have mandatory jail sentences of seven years or more without parole for drug violations.
If somebody offers you a free trip and some quick and simple cash just for bringing back a travel suitcase … SAY NO!
Do not bring a plan for anyone, no matter how small it may appear.
The police will be awaiting you at the airport.
If it remains in your luggage, you will be caught.
You will go to prison for years and years and may even lose your household.
Do not make a jail sentence part of your trip abroad.