The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Changes to drug laws necessary amid new operating environment


THE laws against drug trafficking and abuse will be changed to enhance the effectiveness of enforcement measures, as the drug situation wordwide worsens.

During the debate on the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) bill in Parliament on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said: "Rigorous and effective enforcement has helped us to stay on top of the drug situation. However, the operating landscape has become much more complex."

Drug trafficking syndicates have moved off-shore to evade arrest, with their leaders controlling operations remotely, said DPM Teo, who is also the Home Affairs minister.

The proposed changes to the law will provide the Central Narcotics Bureau with more tools to target the real masterminds, and to disrupt these trafficking networks, he added.