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Relevant Provisions of the Narcotics Control Act (NCA) 1990

Author-Advocate Shoaibur Rahman Shoaib

Section 9: Restriction on import, export, sale, purchase, manufacture, processing, transport, possession, use or any other kinds of the operations except for medicinal, scientific, or legitimate industrial purposes under license, permit

Section 19:Penal provision of imprisonment for 2 to 15 years for precursor related offences.

Section 20: Imprisonment for 2 to 15 years and fine for keeping utensils and apparatus of precursors

Section 21: Imprisonment for 5 years and fine for allowing places, transport, establishment or apparatus.

Section 22: Imprisonment for 2 to 10 years for illegal handling of precursor chemicals without license, permit or pass.

Section 23: Imprisonment for 5 years and fine for breach of the condition of a license, permit or pass for a precursor chemical.

Section25: Imprisonment for up-to 15 years for abatement or conspiracy.

Section 27 & 28: Cancellation and suspension of license/ permits of drugs & precursor chemicals.

Section 32: Inspection of license for drugs and precursors

Section 33: Seizure & confiscation of illicit drugs and precursors.

Section 46: Financial investigation and freezing of assets

Section 50: Specialized Chemical Examination Laboratory for quick examination of drugs and precursors

Other laws to deal with precursors:–

1. Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2002.

2. The Acid Control Act, 2002.

3. The Acid Violence Suppression Act, 2002


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