If by laws proposed by the State Opposition to Parliament are approved, drug traffickers and manufacturers who get convicted in South Australia are bound to be meted harsher penalties, says Lauren Novak in a report for The Advertiser.
Drug traffickers to be punished for all previous offences
Spearheading the proposal is Opposition spokesman Vincent Tarzia whose bill, once passed, would mean that the Director of Public Prosecutions and the courts can respectively prosecute and sentence drug traffickers and manufacturers not just for the individual instances at hand, but according to the other offences they have committed over the course of their criminal career.
Tarzia says the changes are necessary because current laws do not “consider drug trafficking and other offending as a continuing business and this results in lower sentences for drug traffickers”.
Tarzia is right, since it really is the tendency of drug traffickers and their ilk to repeatedly commit the same crimes over a long period of time. With the lower sentences they get for individual offences, it would only be a matter of time before they serve out that sentence, and be free to engage in drug trafficking and manufacturing again. With the harsher penalties the new drugs policy would bring once approved, it will take a much longer time before they hit the streets again, if ever.
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