People in Colombia who handle stolen cellular devices will face sentences of between six and eight years in jail and fines up to $204,540, reported W Radio Thursday.
Articles of the Citizen Security Law, approved by the House of Representatives, makes the handling, reprogramming, rebranding or modifying of stolen cell phones punishable by heavy fines or jail time.
Another approved article of the legislation includes measures to impose sentences between 10 and 17 in jail for those who use or encourage minors to commit crimes.
Additionally those who finance terrorism or organized crime are to recieve sentences of between 13 and 22 years and fines of between 1,300 and 15,000 monthly minimum salaries (between $379,860 and $4.38 million).
Natural resources will also be protected by the approval of an article which imposes sentences on those who benefit monetarily from the illegal trafficking of flora and fauna. The punishments could be up to 9 years in prison or fines of up to 35,000 monthly minimum salaries, or $10.2 million.