Published: 2017-09-11 16:23
Last Updated: 2017-09-11 16:45
Dr. Mohammad al-Afif of the State Security Courts indicated that since the beginning of the year, there have been 9,862 different registered cases involving drugs since the beginning of the year.
The current number of cases is 1,000 cases less than those registered around the same time last year.
In an interview with the Arabic Edition, al-Afif said that the efforts of the Jordanian armed forces through the Border Guard, the State Security Court, and the efforts exerted by the Department of Counter-Terrorism contributed to the low rate of drug cases before the Court for the first nine months of 2017.
He also stated that harsh sentenced issued by the court to those involved in such cases also contributed to the decline. Sentences, he suggests, are at minimum one year of imprisonment and a fine of one thousand JD, particularly in cases involving "Joker" or synthetic hash for posession.
For selling of illegal drugs, Afif added that sentences can amount to 15 years of hard labor and fines of up to 10 thousand JD, especially for "Joker".
Afif also praised the efforts of Border Patrol, which according to him have halted and seized tens of illegal drug operations between Jordan and neighboring countries, foiling smuggling of both drugs and illegal arms.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.