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Drug Trafficking, Reasons, Consequences and Measures put in place to prevent it

len Alfred Ajibola - Sun, 10th March, 2019 @ 14:02: PM

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Meaning of Drug Trafficking:

Let me begin by stating categorically that the act of drug trafficking is illegal and punishable under the law. It is a wrong and destructive way of making money

Please read on the Disadvantages of Money here.

Drug trafficking in itself is a crime punishable under the law. In fact, death penalty is the ultimate sentence given to drug traffickers in certain countries.

Note: People who purchase and use trafficked drugs jeopardize their health and may be liable to die earlier than expected.

Drug trafficking may be defined as the transfer, selling, importing or exporting of illegal drugs from the point of production to the final consumer (point of consumption).

Please read on Production here.

Examples of drugs trafficked include cocaine, marijuana, heroine, cannabis, crack, LSD and so on. All of these drugs are unlawful within a nation or a state.

Drug trafficking is a serious offense and usually, it's penalty is more severe than drug possession. It is a criminal act under the constitution of a country or state. Drug traffickers are often prosecuted as stated by the constitution.

Please read on Constitution here.

Some of the penalties for the crime of drug trafficking may include death by hanging (in some countries) or life imprisonment. The intents of these severe penalties is to discourage individuals, people and organizations from this illegal act.

Normally, Drug trafficking charges are attributed to the scale or level of the dealers. This may range from small street dealers or large drug cartels. Punishments in most countries will likely vary depending on the scale or level of the trafficker's operation and the nature of drugs being trafficked. For instance, a drug trafficker may face 1-10 years of imprisonment and fines of about N1,000,000 for marijuana trafficking, while another may face more than 30 years in prison and fines of over N10,000,000 if convicted of trafficking in cocaine.

It is also noteworthy to state that drug trafficking is often accompanied with murder and kidnapping of rival gangs or even innocent persons. These drugs may also mislead the users of trafficked drugs into indulging in cultism.

Please read more on Cultism, it's Characteristics and Effects here.

An important question to ask is:

Why do people indulge in drug trafficking even when they may (or may not) be aware of its evil?

Please read on Drugs, Types of Drugs and their Side Effects here.

To answer the above question, below are some of the reasons for drug trafficking.


Reasons for drug trafficking

  1. Greed and the pursuit of money at all cost.
  2. Ignorance on the part of the drug trafficker.
  3. Keeping bad friends and company.
  4. Joblessness and unemployment.
  5. False prestige or wanting to be hailed by fellow peers.
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  6. Indiscipline on the part of the offender.
    Please read more on Values here.
  7. Corruption in the nation or state.
  8. High demands of these drugs.
  9. Improper upbringing of the offender.
  10. As a means of escape from poverty.
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Consequences of Drug Trafficking

  1. Death, imprisonment and payment of fines on the part of the offender.
  2. Bad reputation is ascribed to countries that indulge in it.
    Please read on Reputation and how to build a good reputation here.
  3. Increased level of corruption within a country.
  4. It will promote other crimes and vices.
  5. Impacts negatively on the youths and even teenagers. For instance, some may become a part of cultism while others may develop metal problems from the use of trafficked drugs.
    Please read on the Uniqueness of Man here.
  6. Individuals who are involved in the use of trafficked drugs may lose their usefulness in the society.


Measures to prevent drug trafficking

  1. More information and awareness on drug trafficking should be made.
    Please read on the Causes of Drug Abuse in Adolescents here.
  2. Availability of jobs and employment to the youths.
  3. Eradication (Reduction to barest minimum) of corrupt practices within a nation.
  4. Proper equipment should be given to the necessary agencies required to combat job trafficking (immigration personnel and police).
  5. Eradication (Reduction to barest minimum) of poverty within the country or state.
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  6. Appropriate penalties should be put in place against drug traffickers.

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