12 Oct 2006

Legislation for that provides punishment for drug dealers and manufacturers approved in American Sam

9:23 am on 12 October 2006

The American Samoa Legislature has approved legislation that provides punishment for drug dealers and manufacturers, and also gives the court discretion when sentencing drug offenders.

It says those found guilty of manufacturing, growing, delivering or transporting or possession with the intent to sell a controlled substance shall be fined not less than $30,000 and not more than $50,000 and not more than 30 years in prison, or both.

It goes on to say that all personal and real property determined to have been acquired or purchased as a result of the sale of such controlled substance shall be subject to forfeiture

On the matter of sentencing drug offenders, the legislation gives the court the discretion to hand down sentences requiring a mandatory rehabilitation or treatment programme and community service in place of part of any jail sentence imposed