Drug offences are taken seriously in Bangladesh and can result in the death penalty if considerable quantities are seized. Anyone, including foreigners, caught smuggling virtually any amount of drugs can end up with a prison sentence for life. As a matter of practice, courts permit those charged to have access to a lawyer. There are also severe penalties for smuggling gold, which is regularly transported into Bangladesh and on to India to bypass high government taxes.
Under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which Bangladesh is a signatory, any foreign national under detention has a right to request that their embassy be notified of their situation.