England fans who smuggle cocaine into the World Cup could face the death penalty


England Fans trying to smuggle drugs into Qatar for the World Cup face the death penalty.

The Three Lions will head out for the tournament later this year and fans have been warned about their behavior ahead of kick-off.

Last summer, huge drunk and drugged crowds poured into the streets of London at the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy at Wembley, causing chaos.

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Under Law No. 9 of 1987 on the Control and Regulation of Narcotics and Dangerous Psychotropic Substances, those found trafficking drugs into the country face 20 years in prison and a fine of between 100,000 (£21,349) and 300,000 riyals (£300,000). 64,047).

However, repeat offenders could be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

The UK government has also warned travelers about Qatar’s strict laws and security measures in place upon entry.

The government website states: “There is zero tolerance for drug-related offences. The penalties for the consumption, trafficking, smuggling and possession of drugs (including leftovers) are severe.

“Penalty can include lengthy prison terms, heavy fines and deportation. Many people travel through Hamad International Airport on their way to other destinations.

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“The airport has state-of-the-art security technology, all bags are scanned and passengers who are even carrying leftover drugs can be arrested.”

“Some prescription and over-the-counter medicines may be controlled substances in Qatar.

“If you need to bring controlled/prescription medicines into Qatar, make sure you have your official doctor’s prescription, medical certificate or letter from your GP detailing the medicine, the amount prescribed and the dosage.

“This note or letter should also be signed by the doctor/consultant and stamped by the hospital or office.”

Chief Constable Mark Roberts is the head of the National Police Chief Council for football policing.

He said British police will work with Qatari authorities to catch any traffickers at the tournament.

He told the Daily Star: “Any fan who misbehaves could be banned from football, arrested and potentially charged with crimes committed in Qatar on their return to the UK.”

Words by Dominic Smithers


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